January Is Divorce Month – Are You Prepared?

January often marks the beginning of a new chapter in life and unfortunately for many people, this means making the decision to divorce.

Divorce filings rise by a third during January when couples have usually had one last Christmas together for the sake of the children or they have put off the inevitable because it didn’t feel right filing for divorce over Christmas.

Not everyone who decides to divorce in January knows what to expect when proceedings begin, which is why it is so important to seek appropriate legal advice at the earliest opportunity. National Family Mediation (NFM) received 2,200 calls each month in 2014 from people who were unable to understand their divorce options.

Divorce becomes much more complicated when there are children involved and that one last Christmas spent together as a family will soon be replaced with complex negotiations on when each parent will have access to the children.

Consulting and experienced legal team who can act on your behalf as you seek to make a divorce settlement will help ensure that your best interest are served where possible. Acting early will give you better control over your own and your family’s destiny so that you can approach the New Year with confidence that everything will work out for the best.

Categories: Divorce Law

One In Five British Families Are Solo Parent Even As Divorce Rates Decline

According to EU statistics released by Eurostat Britain has one of the highest numbers of single parent families in Europe.

While divorce rates have declined in recent years, the answer to Britain’s declining rate of family stability may lie in the relatively high break up levels amongst cohabiting couples. The rate of breakups among cohabiting couples is four times higher than those who are married.

18.4% of UK families are now looked after by a single parent, which is comparable to numbers in the former communist states of central and Eastern Europe. In the Netherlands and Denmark for example the figures are 10.6% and 12.2% respectively.

With these statistics in mind there are now calls for the legal status of cohabiting couples to be changed in an attempt to preserve family units. Critics of this idea believe that this will only serve to encourage more parents to cohabit rather than marry and have little impact on family stability.

According to The Office for National Statistics (ONS) 42 per cent of all marriages end in divorce withthe highest rates of divorce (half) happening within the first 10 years of marriage.

Categories: Divorce Law, Family Law