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Divorce Day 2022

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After another turbulent year thanks to the pandemic, families have again been put under increased strain in 2021, whether that be due to having to live and work in close quarters, increased financial challenges, or the very direct impact on families due to the need to isolate to name but a few. And once again we have reached the first business-working-Monday in January which the media label as “Divorce Day”.

Although considered a myth by many, it will be no surprise to witness an increase in enquiries to family law solicitors this New Year as the cumulative stresses on relationships hit its peak, and leave individuals feeling like there is no other option than to call it a day.

'...it's a natural instinct for
people to try and score points...'

As experienced family law solicitors, we have spent many years observing the break down of relationships and families being torn apart when a couple decide to call time on their relationship. Often it’s a natural instinct for people to try and score points against the other and to view themselves as being totally in the right, and the other person as being totally in the wrong. Inevitably, this approach leads to conflict, hurt, and distress, and the cost of this can be huge, not only financially with mounting legal bills, but the more devastating and long lasting emotional cost.

This emotional cost impacts not only on the two people separating, but also on the children and wider family and friends who often get dragged in to the conflict, unwittingly taking sides or feeling the pain of one or other of the participants.

'...a stressful, emotional, time consuming,
and expensive experience, it’s a decision that people fear
in anticipation of a torrid few months...'

Choosing to separate is never an easy decision to make. What is commonly touted as a stressful, emotional, time consuming, and expensive experience, it’s a decision that people fear in anticipation of a torrid few months, if not years, of legal wrangling but there are another ways.

Consider alternative ways of trying to resolve issues arising from your separation without the need for entering into an exhausting, emotionally draining and expensive court battle. This is never going to be an easy time but there are ways you can reduce your stress and preserve your relationship to ensure you move forward in a constructive conciliatory way.  At Thornton Jones we can offer a range of alternative options best suited to your individual needs and with our expert guidance we will assist you in navigating this difficult time.

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