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Is January really the time of year when most people divorce or separate?

24/01/2018   By: Alison Bull

Every January the press run stories about “D(ivorce) Day” when supposedly, as soon as the New Year starts, many of the population action their New Year’s resolution to end a current relationship. But is it true that the numbers are so much higher in January?

Whilst there are usually an increased number of enquiries to lawyers after any holiday period (when offices have been shut and families have spent time together), this does not automatically lead to the number of divorce petitions increasing in January. In fact, in 2016 the number of divorce petitions was higher in the period April – May. And in 2017, the number of petitions in January, February and March was lower than in the same period in 2016. 

If you are aged between 45 and 49, and have been married for 12 years, then, according to the statistics, you are in the highest risk group for a divorce – both your age and the length of your marriage are against you. However, this does not mean divorce or separation is inevitable!

If you are in a situation now when you thinking about, or facing a separation, then you may find my recent blog useful. There is lots information on this website about the different ways you can approach the fall-out from a separation including how to resolve disputes over property, finances and children. 

Th s week is Mediation Awareness Week, organised by the Family Mediators Association. It aims to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively. Watch out for more blogs this week highlighting how mediation could help you and your family.


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