January is commonly the busiest time for a divorce lawyer.
One in five divorces are filed in January.
It has been associated with Christmas, with claims made that being forced to spend ‘family’ time together highlights cracks in relationships leading to increases in enquiries into divorce.
But, it is more likely that the big decision to end a relationship formally has been saved for a new year, after family time or not to upset anyone over Christmas.
‘New year, new you’ is often a phrase that circulates in January, with diets, gym memberships and resolutions filling people’s mind, naturally those in relationship difficulties or even separated would gravitate towards wanting to change their life too.
Still, all this reasoning doesn’t not alleviate the emotional and financial impacts divorce has not just on a couple, but any children too.
There is so much to consider when embarking on a divorce.
It is advisable to consult with a divorce lawyer, even if the divorce is agreed on both sides, as divorce lawyers are expert in helping to establish grounds for divorce, if there are sufficient grounds for divorce, and what evidence may be required.
Where divorce is more complex, i.e. one party doesn’t agree to the divorce, it would certainly be essential to consult with a divorce lawyer.
It is also worth noting that anyone wishing to make an application to the court to resolve children or financial issues arising from divorce or separation must attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, or MIAM, except in limited circumstances.
At a time of uncertainty, it might be wise to make use of Swain & Co’s free consultation with a divorce lawyer who can advise you on your next steps.