You may recall our blog from January 2017 in which we reviewed the statistics and reasons behind many people seeking a divorce in January. This year D-Day will fall on the 8th January 2018 and the prediction is that the spike in divorces will not subside.
Data from the Office for National Statistics revealed divorce petitions submitted to Court in 2016 increased by 5% when compared with the previous year. The average marriage now lasts 12 years and 42% of all marriages now end in divorce.
Making the decision to divorce your partner is huge and should not be taken lightly given that it may affect all other areas of your life.
It is a misconception that getting divorced automatically deals with the financial matters arising from the breakdown in the marriage however this is not true! Once you make the decision to embark on the divorce process it is always advisable to address finances properly. You may feel that you and your partner are amicable and can deal with matters yourself without the need for solicitor. If you do agree to a financial settlement then this will need to be ratified by the Court to ensure it is legally binding.
Another issue that can arise following the breakdown in a relationship is contact arrangements for children and the issue of with whom they should live. Both parents understandably want to spend as much time with their children as possible. Often tensions can arise between you due to pressures associated with the relationship breakdown. Children are then caught up in tit for tat arguments between parents during this time.
If you and your partner are unable to negotiate an arrangement in respect of your children then it may be necessary to seek the intervention of the Court. The first consideration for the Court is the welfare of the children. It is a general principle that it is in a child’s best interest to have a full and meaningful relationship with both parents, provided there are no safeguarding issues.
Before applying to the Court to deal with financial or children matters, you are now required to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). The mediator will assess your case to determine whether mediation will be appropriate in your case, at the first session.
If you are experiencing difficulties within your relationship or problems with contact arrangements for your children then do not hesitate to get in touch with PMC Family Law. We have a team of family law specialists with over 30 years’ experience led by Pauline McNamara to help you resolve these issues. Visit the testimonials section of our website to see what our clients say about us.
To arrange your free initial consultation, please contact us by telephone 0151 375 9968 or email .