The media often refer to the first few days in January as “D” Day as enquires about divorce typically increase considerably after the Christmas holidays. As the decorations come down many couples are contemplating calling time on their relationships.
Some couples actually make the decision to separate before Christmas but stay together to avoid ruining the Festive period, especially if they have children.
In other cases the decision to separate is made as a result of too many arguments over the Christmas period which can be a stressful time when expectations run high.
Although many enquiries are made in early January the financial strain of Christmas and the darker days can cause people to postpone taking action until later in the year when longer days in spring often motivate people to make changes in their lives.
Regardless of the reason or timing of taking steps towards ending a relationship, it is clearly a difficult decision for many couples to make. What the media often fails to portray is the hardship, stress and cost of divorce on both parties. Divorce causes a fundamental change to financial circumstances, regardless of the wealth of the couple.
There are ways to try and lessen the impact of separation. Independent legal advice should be sought to fully understand the legal implications of divorce. No two divorces are the same and what happened to the “man in the pub” may not be the how your own divorce proceeds.
It is important to understand what options are available other than “seeing you in court”. Private negotiations, mediation, exchange of offers and arbitration are some options available to avoid the costs and acrimony of applying to court.
Our family law solicitor will work with you to decide what the best approach is for you and how to proceed in a dignified manner.
For an initial free appointment contact us confidentially on 0113 200 74 80 and speak to Andrew.