The first Monday in January has been dubbed 'Divorce Day' as it is frequently reported as the day when divorce lawyers experience a spike in enquiries on the back of the festive period. The holidays can be stressful for many reasons and can highlight tensions and unresolved issues in a relationship.
Whether it's spending time with in-laws, a disappointing gift, financial stresses, or just the exhaustion of the festive season, there are many things which could be viewed as the final straw. In reality, many people have already decided to separate but resolve to get through the holiday season for the sake of their children or other family members before dealing with the legalities. Another catalyst for some couples is the desire to start the New Year afresh.
Of course, the true reasons for ending a marriage generally run much deeper and are not simply tied to the holiday season. Sometimes divorce enquiries are nothing more than a knee jerk reaction but often it is the first step towards a final divorce.
Whenever your 'Divorce Day' may be, and for whatever the reason, there are a few basic things that can be done to expedite the process and minimise the stress involved. You should (i) find or obtain an original copy of your marriage certificate, (ii) get your financial information in order so that there is a clear picture of the marital assets/liabilities and (iii) consult a competent divorce lawyer to obtain clear and accurate advice on the way forward.
Our team at KSG has extensive experience in advising on divorce matters and all aspects of family law. For all family law queries, please contact our family law partner, David Holland.