Divorce D-Day

posted: 3rd January 2017

New Year’s Resolution? New Year, New start

Over recent years family law professionals have noticed a trend in divorce rates throughout the year. One of the most common times of year for individuals to make the difficult decision to end their marriage is following the Christmas period. The Monday of the first full week in January has been recorded as the day which, year on year, the most amount of divorce petitions are filed. This has led to family law professionals calling this D-Day (Divorce Day).

A legal-information website, Findlaw.com, asserted that between 2008 and 2011, divorces spiked in January and continued to rise through February then peaked in late March. Findlaw.com stated that searches for “divorce” and related phrases such as “family law” and “child custody” jumped 50%, from just a little over 10,000 in December 2010 to nearly 16,000 in January 2011. “Divorce” has been the number 1 searched term on Findlaw.com since February 2010.

Whether it is the strains of Christmas and extended family or one too many family meals spent with the spouse, January appears to be the month in which couples decide to bite the bullet and make a change to their lives. Additionally, parents often do not want to instigate proceedings prior to Christmas in order to make sure their children enjoy the festive period without any upheaval. Statistics provided by Family Law Lexis Nexis confirm 26% of people admit to staying in relationships for their children and that 1 in 5 couples were planning their divorce after one last Christmas as a family.

Ending a marriage is a stressful time and money is often seen as another reason to delay divorce proceedings until after Christmas. With the Court fee for a divorce petition rising to £550 this year, instigating divorce proceedings has never been more financially straining. Family Law Lexis Nexis confirm 40% of parents say financial pressures cause strains in their relationship. Ultimately making the decision to end a marriage is all the more difficult given it may have adverse effects on your future.

Before making the decision to divorce, it is best to get your affairs in order. This means ensuring that you are financially secure e.g. have you opened a bank account in your own name? Are you are able to accommodate yourself, whether that be at the former matrimonial home or elsewhere? Have you gathered your financial evidence i.e. bank accounts, pension documents, insurance records etc. Doing this also means you proceed with a clear mind. Divorce proceedings can be very stressful and you need to ensure that you are emotionally ready to proceed.

If you have made the difficult decision to start proceedings in 2017, please do not hesitate to contact the PMC Family Law team. Whether it is in relation to matters such as divorce, child arrangements or cohabitation disputes, the family team are available 24/7. PMC Family Law are a specialist team of family lawyers who will keep your best interest in mind.

Should you wish to make a free initial consultation, please do not hesitate to contact or alternatively contact 0151 375 9968. We have a team of professionals who are here to help at every step of the way.

By: Renn Moucarry - Trainee Solicitor