Month: January 2018

Social Media and Divorce

Social media has become an almost indispensable part of life in the past decade to the point where even world leaders use it to express their frustrations. Rightly or wrongly, posts on Twitter and Facebook reveal a lot about a person and unfortunately this can often include information that shouldn’t be made public.  

One headline in the newspapers this month revealed how Louise Redknapp was flashing he ‘ring-free hand’ on Instagram.  

While the celebrity had already completed here divorce from ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp, this said a lot about how much a post such as this can go viral and go beyond a simple post into wider media coverage.  

Outside of celebrity circles the rest of us might not attract quite so much interest but it is important to control the urge to post anything that could be detrimental in a divorce case. Issues should as children, how much money is being spent and other private details should be kept off social media.  

It may even be worth taking a short break or deleting accounts altogether for a time until the fuss dies down. Some well-meaning friends often feel compelled to express their sympathy if they hear the news and this can also leave you vulnerable to having your private life posted for all to see.

January Divorce Rates Set To Be High As Ever

Christmas is over, the New Year celebrations are now a memory and perhaps January comes as a relief to some couples who have had to maintain the appearance of a happy relationship to please family and friends. 

Unfortunately, the stress of all this can often reach the point where it becomes intolerable to face another month as a couple.  

Christmas often brings things to a head for obvious reasons. The festive season while enjoyable can be a stressful time when there are lots of things to organise and in-laws need to be catered for. If a relationship is good, these stresses can of course be brushed aside, but they will only add to the pressure on unhappy couples.  

January 8th is the date which has been dubbed ‘Divorce Day’ by family law solicitors because this is the date when the biggest spike in divorces occurs.   

The sad thing for those affected is that there is little sign that January will lose its notoriety any time soon with relationship charity Relate reporting a 24% increase in calls to their helpline in January 2017. The ONS also reported a 5% increase in divorce rates in 2016 compared to the previous year with the average marriage lasting 12 years and 42% ending in divorce.