Divorce and Separation- The Difficulties Faced During the Festive Period

Posted on: November 22nd, 2023

The festive period can be an extremely difficult and stressful time. Many couples who may already be struggling, will decide to try and remain together through the festive period in the hope of overcoming their issues and maintaining a positive family image. Some couples will try to remain together for the benefit of their children or to even fulfil pre-arranged plans with family and friends.

The pressure of trying to remain a family unit however often causes significant stress and acrimony amongst many already struggling couples. More recently, the increasing cost of living and the financial pressure of the festive period causes a significant amount of relationships to breakdown either during or shortly after this period.

The first working Monday in January has been unofficially declared by many as ‘Divorce Day’ due to a seemingly increased volume of enquires in respect of divorce and separation. The likely cause can however be put down to many couples who were already struggling deciding to call an end to their relationships.

If you are considering applying for divorce, the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales in April last year, has made the application process easier than ever. It is no longer necessary to provide details or ‘grounds’ for divorce, other than to confirm that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. This means that matters can be dealt with much more amicably than before. An application for divorce can be filed either jointly or by an individual and can no longer be contested except in very strict circumstances.

Beyond divorce/separation, it is important that the financial implications of doing so as well as the living and contact arrangements for any children are considered.

If you require any advice regarding the above, please contact our team today to arrange a free 30-minute consultation on 01642 777680 or email enquiries@cygnetlaw.co.uk.

James Jeffels

Blog prepared by James Jeffels, Paralegal

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