06 January 2020

All about Divorce day

Lucy Reding Senior Associate

The first full working day of January has become known as ‘Divorce Day’ in some circles due to unhappy or separating couples wishing to make a change in the new year.

It is often thought that tensions surrounding Christmas and long periods of time spent together can be a toxic mix for troubled couples, who eventually find they have had enough. There is also evidence that some will have planned a separation before Christmas – but not acted upon the decision until after the ‘happy’ family celebrations.

Whether pre-planned or not, if today does mark the start of the journey to formalise the separation, then it is extremely important that both parties are equipped with the correct information on the right way forward - be it about any children involved, the financial aspects of separation or a domestic housing situation.

Finances are a big part of any decision, and for some the fear over what may happen can cause extreme anxiety. While talking about these extremely personal situations can be uncomfortable, such conversations must be had, and they are certainly best had with professionals. This is because there are many financial aspects some may not be aware of, such as the fact that both parties may well be entitled to benefit from a spouse’s pension upon the breakdown of a marriage.

An important consideration too is the time that a divorce takes, and couples must be aware that it is not a quick process. The present process will remain for the foreseeable future, as the Government bill to reform our present laws fell due to Parliament’s suspension in 2019. Therefore, obtaining legal advice at the earliest opportunity can set couples on the right path to formalise all aspects of their separation.

Our experienced specialist legal advisors will listen with patience and care and help you resolve issues in the best possible way, whether it is to pursue a divorce or to resolve matters more amicably through collaborative law, mediation or arbitration.

For further information, please contact Lucy on 01522 515006, email lucy.reding@wilkinchapman.co.uk or visit www.wilkinchapman.co.uk

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