Over recent years, the media have dubbed the first working Monday of the New Year as ‘Divorce D-Day’, claiming that family lawyers are inundated with potential new client’s contacting them to start their divorce.
Whilst the festive period for everyone may not be a joyous time of the year, with added stress of extended family members visiting, often coupled with financial pressures, there are no statistics in England & Wales or in Jersey, to currently show, that January holds the highest record for divorce proceedings being commenced.
There are of course, times of the year which are considered ‘busy periods’, however, the first working Monday in January alone cannot accurately claim the title which the media has given it.
Our experience is that couples wanting to separate often give serious thought as to whether they wish to formally separate from their spouse. The majority of family lawyers, when receiving new enquiries, will often refer client’s to Family Mediation Jersey (where appropriate), if the relationship has passed the point of repair, to see whether any agreements can be reached between them before instructing lawyers. We do not feel that an event such as separating or divorce, can be accredited to, as the media have attempted to do, to one specific day in the calendar.
What other family law enquiries can be seen in January?
The festive period can bring with it some happy memories for a lot of couples, with that time of year being popular for marriage and civil partnership proposals. Whilst it may not appear entirely romantic, enquiries can come from those recently engaged to discuss entering into a pre-nuptial agreement.
There are of course, various reasons as to why couples may wish to enter into an agreement, for example, it may be one party’s second marriage, or there may be a pre-acquired asset which one party would like to protect. Please see our articles on pre and post nuptial agreements for more information on this area.
Should you need further advice on making arrangements with your ex-partner for the festive period, contact Parslows Jersey on 630530, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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