The festive period is inevitably a difficult time for any separated family, particularly those still going through the legal and administrative steps of divorce and separation. Much is made in the mainstream media of “divorce week”, that week at the start of the new year, where separating parties grab the proverbial bull by the horns and elect to initiate divorce proceedings, as they look for a fresh start.
Relationship support charity Relate typically observe an increase in requests for help in January. Their representative stated, “Many people hope that the festive period will be a time of coming together, so when this doesn’t happen the sense of failure and sadness can further exacerbate problems that were there in the first place. Pressures can build up when people are spending an extended period of time together. For some people 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.”
Most solicitors, including all of those at Hunter and Uro, are members of Resolution, committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, whose members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. This Code is generally not followed by non-Resolution members, including litigants in person, individuals pursuing divorce proceedings without the benefit of a solicitor. Some of these individuals are amongst the 455 online divorce applicants that issued divorce proceedings between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, with 13 submitted on Christmas Day itself.
Ministry of Justice figures show that more than 23,000 online divorce applications have been made since the platform was introduced in April 2018. In 2017, there were some 101,669 divorces of opposite-sex couples in England and Wales, although it is expected that the online regime will become the standard process before the end of 2020.
Justice minister Lucy Frazer QC said: “These online services are already making a difference to people who use the justice system. As we reach this milestone it’s encouraging to see people are reporting these services work well for them and are a better fit around their busy lives.”
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