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Divorce rates rising

Recent statistics show that there were 106,959 divorces in 2016 - an increase of 5.8% from 2015. The reasons behind this rise are unclear however it is a well-known fact that going through a divorce can be a stressful and emotional time. Therefore it is important to know where you stand within divorce proceedings and the process you are about to undertake. The divorce process is relatively straightforward and can take from five to six months if the divorce is undefended.

There are five grounds for divorce:

  • Unreasonable behaviour;
  • Adultery;
  • Two years desertion;
  • Two years separation with consent;
  • Five years separation;

The ground used in the majority of divorce cases in 2015 was unreasonable behaviour, with 51% of women and 36% of men issuing proceedings on this basis.

The Charity `Relate’ states that the main reason for a breakdown in a relationship is due to financial pressures within the relationship. This is causing a large amount of families to take out loans and become deeper in debt. Money troubles are something that every couple has faced in their relationship and this can often cross over in to the divorce process, specifically when coming to a financial settlement.

There are three options available for when you need to come to a financial agreement after deciding to separate.

  • Come to an agreement between yourselves
  • Negotiate through Solicitors
  • Mediation
  • Obtaining a Court Order

The courts recommend that couples attempt mediation and this can be carried out in partnership with your Solicitor.  Mediation offers a neutral environment in which to discuss the financial settlement with the guidance of an experienced Family Law mediator.

The number of couples who use mediation is steadily growing however many couples are still unaware of the mediation process and how useful it can be.

The reality of the divorce statistics show the continued need to ensure that when you require the assistance of a divorce lawyer you must endeavour to do so with a law firm that you can trust and rely on during this difficult time.

At QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright we understand that every marriage and divorce is different, therefore we offer a range of options to make sure that our services are tailored to your individual needs.  

Contact us on 01905 721600 to speak with a member of our initial enquiries team to discuss the best option for you.

Article by Chelcie-Anne Evans LLB (Law)
Family Law Team

 

 

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