New Year’s Resolution - Get Divorced!
29 December 2017
If you have decided that your marriage is over and your New Year’s resolution is to get divorced, our Divorce Lawyers offer free initial legal advice to help you make informed decisions.
With the start of a new year, many of us want to make positive changes to our lives. It’s a time to assess what improvements could be made, and to act on decisions we’ve been considering. Which is exactly why for some people their New Year’s resolution won’t be eat less chocolate, to learn a new language or go to the gym more. It’s to get a divorce.
For several years now, Divorce Lawyers across England and Wales have seen an increase in new divorce cases starting in January. The first working Monday of the new year has even been dubbed ‘divorce day’, as this is the day many separating couples take the plunge and contact a Divorce Solicitor for the first time.
Of course divorce happens throughout the year. But when we hear from separating couples in January, we’re often told they decided to stay together for one last Christmas for the sake of the children. Christmas usually brings about increased financial pressures, not to mention more time spent with each other and each other’s families.
Understandably this can be extremely stressful if a marriage is already experiencing difficulties. The result is that by the time New Year’s Eve arrives, it’s confirmed in the mind of one or both people that the relationship is well and truly over. And so a New Year’s resolution is made to begin divorce proceedings.
Speak to a Divorce Lawyer
If this sounds like an all too familiar story, our Divorce Lawyers can help you. Just deciding that you want a divorce can be an enormously difficult thing to do, and you might want some professional support to help you through the next steps. This will mean that you don’t have the added stress of going through the divorce legal proceedings alone.
As a very basic overview, the divorce process begins when one person submits a Divorce Petition to the Courts. The other person must then respond to this saying whether he/she agrees to the divorce. If there aren’t any issues, the Court will grant a Decree Nisi. After six weeks the person who started divorce proceedings can apply for a Decree Absolute. Once this is issued, the marriage is legally over; but not everything is fully concluded.
There are many other factors that can make divorce a lot more complicated. Even an amicable divorce where everything is agreed can involve a significant amount of divorce papers. It’s also best to make an agreement legally binding with a Consent Order, or the financial ties between you will remain; even once your divorce is finalised.
There may also be issues that need to be resolved. Usually this will revolve around the division of financial assets, and/or child living and visitation arrangements. If so, it will be necessary to try mediation or negotiate through Divorce Lawyers. If these options prove unsuccessful, a number of Court hearings will be needed so that a Judge can decide on your behalf.
So if you’re thinking about acting on your New Year’s resolution to get divorced, your first port of call should be to get some expert legal advice from one of our Divorce Lawyers. This will help you understand the grounds on which you can get divorced, and what steps you need to take next to protect yourself and your children; both now and in the future.