January weighs heavily on fragile couples

Today is the day lawyers will begin to see a dramatic rise in divorce petitions, according to figures, but careful mediation may cool conflict.

Experts say relationships will begin showing cracks from the first full week back in the workplace.

Similarly, National Family Mediation (NFM), said the months following the festive period are when couples are most at risk of divorce and family disputes.

The figures reveal that 37 per cent of married partners say financial pressures are the biggest challenge their marriage faces, while 22 per cent say the majority of their arguments revolve around money worries.

Furthermore, one in 10 couples state money issues as a reason for their split, often leading to complex divorce arrangements and drawn-out fights over assets and maintenance payments.

Jane Robey, the CEO of NFM, said: “January usually sees a rise in divorce and separation, as relationships that have hung by a thread for some time finally snapped over Christmas.”

Divorce is an extremely hard time for any family, which is why it may help to limit the conflict between couples. In some instances, mediation may provide a relatively straight forward solution for divorcing couples while avoiding expensive court fees.

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process where couples can work with an unbiased mediator to help reach a fair agreement.

Ms Robey added: “Rather than leaving it to a judge to decide who will live where, what happens to the money, debts and pensions, and arrangements for the children, mediation empowers families themselves to decide these things. It’s their future after all.”

For more information on mediation, contact one of our skilled mediators who will be happy to talk you through the process.

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Alison Green
Alison joined Mackrell Turner Garrett in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in the firm in 2010. Her expertise covers matrimonial work, including divorce and the associated financial and children issues; pre and post-nuptial agreements; co-habitation disputes; civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships.