Significant surges in divorces

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to take its toll, many people are continuing to see a notable impact on their personal lives. Recent studies have found that the pandemic is creating an enormous pressure on relationships, with an expected surge in divorces impending. In the first weekend of September, views on the Citizens Advice divorce page were up 25% compared to 2019. This is expected to be a direct result of the pressures that the UK’s lockdown has brought to relationships and families.

The Office for National Statistics found that ‘unreasonable behaviour’ was cited as the most common reason for divorce in the UK. Therefore with the pandemic’s lockdown forcing us to spend more time together, balance working from home with home-schooling, and a significant decrease in both ‘alone time’ and socialising with friends and family outside the household, it is expected that we would see strain on relationships. People have seen a different side to their relationships and the greater pressure of balancing this new normal has introduced problems in relationships that we typically wouldn’t see.

The divorce process

For those considering divorce, it can be overwhelming and there’s a lot to take in at what is often an incredibly emotional time. Our family solicitors are here to guide you every step of the way.  If you’re planning on moving forward with divorce proceedings, it’s important to fully understand the process, and also the implications of each decision you make.

In order to get divorced, you must have been married for at least 12 months. You must first state the reason for your divorce (there are five legal grounds), and submit your application. Following this you must then agree on the arrangements for any assets and possessions, and then apply for decree nisi, then a decree absolute. Having a good solicitor on your side can help guide you through this process.

It is important to note, that some divorces can understandably be trickier than others. Not many divorces are straightforward, especially when children, property, or business is involved. The involvement of aspects such as these can start to make the divorce process more complicated and legal advice should be sought.

Next steps

Our family lawyers offer support and advice on all legal issues related to marriage, relationships, children and the wider family. We understand that getting divorced can be a difficult and distressing time for all involved. We are currently offering a free 20-minute consultation, if you would like to discuss your situation, please contact our team today on enqs@donnelly-elliott.co.uk.