Getting back to work after the Christmas and New Year can be stressful enough without the extra burden of family problems. Unfortunately today marks what is now well known as “Divorce Day”.

Getting back to work after the Christmas and New Year can be stressful enough without the extra burden of family problems. Unfortunately, today marks what is now well known as “Divorce Day”.

Reports suggest that the phenomenon occurs after couples, having spent more time together over the holiday, return to work and back to reality, reach breaking-point and make decisions being to dissolve marriages or civil partnerships.

The divorce service Amicable report a marked increase in their inquiries searches and requests for information on this day.

The relationship charity Relate state “pressures can build up when people are spending an extended period of time together…it might be the additional financial pressure of Christmas that triggers a problem, while for others it could be the stress of trying to keep everyone from the in-laws to the children happy”. The upshot is that the holiday triggers many to seek the advice of a professional.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service reported over the Christmas break that as many as 455 Dissolution Petitions were lodged with the Court during the festive period. Including 13 applications made on Christmas Day.

The law regarding the application for a divorce is slowly but surely moving forward with serious Parliamentary consideration being given to ‘no-fault’ divorce applications, for those couples who may simply not love one another anymore.

However, currently, there are definitive reasons and grounds upon which one can apply to dissolve a marriage or civil partnership.

When you apply for a divorce you must prove your marriage has irretrievably broken down and give one of the following reasons:

  1. Adultery
  2. Unreasonable behaviour
  3. Desertion
  4. You have lived separately for more than two years and both agree to the divorce
  5. You have lived separately for at least five years, even if your husband or wife disagrees

Once a party begins the process of dissolving their relationship, this can lead to significant other issues to be considered. Inevitably, guidance will need to be sought in relation to the separation of the parties’ finances and potential arrangements for any children of the family. All aspects of family life can come under scrutiny during the process and it is important to have someone on your side during this time.

For those who have reached the end of their time within the relationship for one reason or another; there are lawyers who can help.

At Lupton Fawcett, we appreciate the difficulties faced when deciding to formally commence the divorce process. We take the time to lead you through the process and make what can be an extremely hard time, easier to digest.

For further advice or help with any of the issues raised in this article, please contact Sophie Arrowsmith who is a member of our Leeds family law team on 0113 280 2261.

Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.

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