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January is often referred to by the media as ‘Divorce Month’ as it is alleged that many couples decide to start the year anew by getting a divorce.

Surprisingly, there often can be an increase in divorce enquiries in January, but this may be explained by the holiday period putting further pressure on relationships that are already strained. In addition, some people decide to stay together over the holiday period, perhaps for the children, meaning a separation may be put on hold. This, in turn, creates a spike in enquiries in the New Year.

If you find yourself contemplating a divorce this new year, then you should consider the following:

  1. Seek support
  2. Do not make snap decisions about your future, your finances or about moving out
  3. If possible, carry on talking, but avoid making any commitment until you have received legal advice
  4. Avoid involving children in adult conversations
  5. Take time to consider your finances and the family finances. Do you know how much you are worth, how much you need to live on, or details of the liabilities?
  6. If there is a business involved, do you know how much the business is worth and the future plan for the business?
  7. Do not take the other party’s financial documents without their consent
  8. Speak to a specialist family law solicitor as soon as possible so that you understand the options available to you

There is no need to stop communicating altogether, but you should avoid reaching a final agreement, particularly in relation to finances, without first taking legal advice.

asb law have a specialist and highly regarded family law team, who can also seek input from highly regarded commercial teams.

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