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Divorce proceedings spike

Whether you believe in a ‘divorce day’ or not, there’s no denying that this time of year does traditionally see a spike in divorces and separations. If you’re considering divorce, it can be an emotionally fraught time. But it’s important to think about the practicalities as well.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell say divorces are traditionally up 25% in January compared to an average month and one in five married couples are considering separating from their partners after staying together over the festive period.

Co-op Legal Services also reckons there’ll be a 332% surge in divorce inquiries in January.  Their research said a quarter of divorced adults said divorce was already on the cards, but they held off until after family celebrations to make announcements.

Divorce on the cards?

If divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership is something you want to do, division of money and assets is important, especially if you have children.

The first thing to do, if you can bear it, is talk about money. There is no straightforward rule about whether you’ll be better off getting professional help about your divorce. But, break-ups are more prone to become acrimonious, lengthy or expensive if you cannot agree how to split your finances.

Do be aware that what you think is ‘fair’ and what is fair in the eyes of the law may be two different things. And, although it may be tempting, don’t make a short-term decision that may actually put you – and your ex-partner – in a worse position in the long-term.

However you decide to deal with your finances, it is smart to get an idea of your financial situation, to work out what you have, what you owe, and how you may split assets and finances.


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  • Christina Gore / 11 February 2016

    Some pensioners find like me that their spouse whom they married in 1971 and who left me -the wife and 3 children aged between 7 and 13 in 1988 -in the jointly owned family home to live with his girlfriend (he did pay quite good maintenance till the last one was aged 25 )and now he wants a divorce and I am 71 and he is 70 and he is quite ill.I was quite willing for him to divorce after he left but he never got on with it. Better for me it seemed then to leave things as they were. Not many websites seem to deal with this situation of pensioners divorcing although it seems to be on the increase for couples coming up to retirement (I have read) who have been together for a long time . We both have other assets now too. I have paid off our mortgage and have nearly always taken in 2 or 3 lodgers to supplement my smallish income and latterly my pensions. I have a solicitor . Ex does not want to make a financial declaration at Court for the divorce as I have already done but send a summary as a letter! All I want is for me to have this house. He has no private pension for me to make a claim on as far as I know and if we are divorced later as a widow I cannot claim a State pension of £68.88 +from his Serps which would have been nice. How much longer I can go on having lodgers is a consideration as it is quite a lot work for me and I have had had health problems in the past e.g 2 ops for cancer ,and new knee and hip +have osteo arthritis etc

  • Ray Baldacchino / 7 February 2016

    Suggest you look at the website which contains useful advice, much of it free. Also particularly useful for a DIY divorce or you can use the websites services which is relatively cheap. There are other websites which are useful.