The first working Monday of the year has unfortunately earned the nickname ‘Divorce Day’. The media is keen to suggest that every year, this is the busiest day for people making enquiries about divorce or the dissolution of civil partnerships. In our experience, this is simply not the case as we receive no more enquiries on this day than at any other time. And really, ‘Divorce Day’ isn’t a term that’s fit for 2024.
It’s a popular tale that the number of applications for divorce or dissolution of civil partnerships made at this time of the year far outweigh those made at any other time. But, what’s the reality? In the year July 2022 – June 2023 (the most recent period statistics are available for) the Court Service’s own figures confirm there was a relatively even number of applications made throughout the year, with the busiest period actually being July to September.
Having said that, it’s hardly surprising that many couples choose to avoid key periods like the festive season or their children’s exams (and the run up to them) to embark upon proceedings. Especially when, as highlighted in a recent survey for CityWealth Magazine, the desire to have an amicable divorce and continue to be friendly following a separation was a key factor in people deciding how to deal with the separation and which solicitor to instruct.
For most people, the decision to separate is something that takes months, if not years, of consideration. It is certainly not a snap decision made on one day in early January. At Hedges, we understand that this is an incredibly difficult decision that takes time.
‘Divorce Day’ isn’t a term that’s fit for 2024 because it is also extremely misleading when it comes to how long obtaining a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership actually takes. At best, it will now take at least seven months, due to the minimum time required under the no fault system. In many cases, resolving the associated financial settlement and the arrangements for children can make the process much longer, with 12-18 months being the average time for couples to resolve all matters. It’s important to remember that there is no such thing as a ‘quickie divorce’.
A separation has to go at a pace you and your spouse or civil partner are comfortable with, and can only be progressed when you are both ready to do so.
Talk to us
If you would like to have a discussion with one of our down to earth experts about the practical implications of a separation for you, then do not hesitate to get in touch with our highly experienced family law team.
We are dedicated to resolving matters as amicably as possible and every solicitor in our family team are members of Resolution which means we have a duty to reduce conflict wherever possible.