New Year ... New Start?


10 January, 2013

It is well documented that enquiries regarding a divorce rise sharply in January and some say it is the busiest time of the year for a divorce Solicitor. It is not difficult to see why as Christmas can often bring emotions to the "boil". The festive season puts pressure on couples to spend more time together which can magnify problems in a relationship. We often spend a few extra pennies (that perhaps we didn't have). We also spend time with family members which can be challenging for some of us, even at the best of times.

There is an expectation during the Christmas period that everything should be rosy and bright…but sadly the reality can be far from that.

My personal experience is that in general, more often than not a couple have been unhappy for some time and put off the inevitable. The build up to Christmas, which appears to happen earlier and earlier each year, means that we do not deal with these emotive issues and simply wait until the New Year. We see this as a fresh start.

Many clients when I speak to them regarding their relationship more often than not say they have stayed together "for the sake of the children". In my opinion, it is not necessarily the breakdown of a relationship that harms the children but it is the parents' approach to the breakdown that makes all the difference. I would urge any parent to carefully consider their role in this process, and if they are struggling to ask for help.

If you find yourself in this position, and are worried about the financial implications stemming from the breakdown of your relationship and/or how to resolve arrangements surrounding your children, or simply wish to obtain some general advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Forbes Family law team is made up of specialist Solicitors who offer advice on all areas of Family Law, including divorce, division of assets following marriage breakdown, cohabitee issues, ancillary relief, civil partnerships, children matters and change of name deeds. For further information on divorce issues please contact any of our Family Law Solicitors


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