Latest figures released from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for 2013 highlight that the number of divorces was in fact down by 2.9% on the previous year. Furthermore, the statistics show that the average age for divorce was 45 for men and 42 for women and that the average duration of marriage was 11.7 years although almost half of divorces happen in the first 10 years of marriage between the fourth and eighth year anniversary.
With the new year fast approaching, people who have been thinking about issuing a divorce are more likely to do so at the start of the year as they do not wish to be ‘in the same place’ mentally or physically for the next festive period and are therefore keen to kick start the process. Many people who decide to issue divorce proceedings in January are already committed to going through with the process and seek legal advice early on in the year. However it is becoming more common for people to seek advice at the stage when they are only considering a divorce in order to find out about what they may be facing should they or their spouse initiate the process in the future. Therefore being realistic and aware of any pitfalls will no doubt ease the process should a divorce become inevitable and may prevent any shocks and surprises which the process may reveal along the way.
Divorce is of course not something to look forward to but seeking advice early on is no doubt a sensible approach for anybody thinking about a divorce especially in the event that there are children to consider as well as a number of assets in the marriage.
If you would like more information, speak to our Family Law Solicitor, Louisa Gothard on 020 7998 7777 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.