Did you know that 3rd January has been dubbed ‘Divorce Day’ by many people across the UK?
With the start of a new year, often comes a time for new resolutions and a determination for change. Having been a family lawyer for the last eight years, I have certainly noticed people at this time of year making a decision to improve their lives – sometimes this can mean making a difficult choice to end a relationship.
There is the perennial pressure that Christmas brings in the lead up to the New Year, with many arguments being caused by preparation, arrangements, expenditure and even what presents to buy. Quite often individuals try and work their way through the Christmas period, especially when children are involved, to see if they can salvage the relationship. This sometimes serves as the catalyst for decision making when January hits.
Of course we can’t forget the role that Christmas parties, office parties, too much alcohol and party shenanigans often play at this time of year either. Sadly statistics show that reported incidents of domestic abuse increase over the holiday period, again possibly fuelled by alcohol in the party season. This in turn can lead to more relationship breakups in the New Year.
As a lawyer, if there is a possibility that one of your New Year’s resolutions will be to make some significant life changes, perhaps with an ‘out with the old and in with the new’ mentality, I would firmly advise that instead of making a hasty decision it is always best to take advice, plan appropriately and to take time to reflect on both the decisions and their implications. The impact of separation is enormous, not only on the adults involved but also children. In the event that the decision to leave must be taken, Gill Akaster’s family team can assist by standing shoulder to shoulder with you and guiding you through what can be a legal and emotional minefield.
Having assisted hundreds of individuals through this process, we are truly here to help and relieve the stress and strain wherever possible. It is our role to advise and assist you in planning your way through the difficulties that ensue. We are happy to discuss all the options and find the best possible route that suits your specific situation.