New year endings and beginnings….

Its that time of year again when the media love to give us the statistics about the new year divorce frenzy.  They even call the first working day of the year “D-Day” ie Divorce Day, allegedly the day when we see more new divorce enquiries than at any other time of the year. Whilst its true that we can see new client numbers rising in January, we also see that in September, just after the long summer break. It seems that any unusually lengthy period of time together for a couple whose relationship is on the rocks can be enough to tip them towards an actual separation.

Happily, with more and more divorces never going near a courtroom, and with couples agreeing matters between themselves, through mediation and collaborative law, the ‘conscious uncoupling’ talked about by Gwyneth Paltrow last year can be a reality. Separation and divorce , although inevitably painful and a hugely life-changing , can be done in a civilised and non-acrimonious way if a couple are given great advice and support to see them through it.

Divorce inquiries predicted to rise more than 300% in January

’Tis the season to be jolly before filing for divorce, according to new research predicting an increase in divorce inquiries of more than 300% during January.

Once the Christmas tree has been taken down, many couples set about the process of officially dismantling their marriages, having held off to avoid spoiling the festive season for family and friends.

The research on 500 divorcees, showed men (27%) are marginally more likely than women (23%) to hold off from instigating proceedings until after a family occasion. Overall, women are more likely to begin a conversation about separating than men.

When asked why divorcees held off until after celebratory occasions, not wanting to spoil proceedings was the most common reason, with more than two in five (43%) saying this was the case.