What to do if you’ve entered 2024 seeking a divorce

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If you’ve entered the new year feeling worried about your marriage and seeking divorce, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, January tends to be a month marked by a surge in divorces, making for a less-than-ideal start to the year. Although, for some, divorce can be seen as an opportunity to enjoy a fresh new chapter despite the breakdown of your relationship. 

In this article, we’ll be discussing the reasons behind a January divorce, and how to get started if that’s what you’re looking for. 

Why are more people filing for divorce in January?

According to several law firms, January 2nd is the most popular day for divorce and is now known as “Divorce Day”. This is said to be down to increasing amounts of separating couples hoping for a new start in the new year. 

As most couples tend to be hesitant to split over the festive period, spending Christmas together may be the ultimate make or break for marriage. It can act as one last chance to sort things out before agreeing to start the divorce proceedings. The beginning of a new year can be used as a catalyst for people to make changes in their personal lives. 

Studies have also found that, as of 2023, the divorce rate in the UK is estimated at 42%, with these rates increasing year on year. 

Where to start when getting divorced

If you’re starting a divorce online, you should seek support and guidance from a specialist family lawyer who can help you through the process. 

You must meet the following criteria to start the divorce proceedings:

  • You have been married for over 12 months
  • Your marriage is legal in the UK
  • Your relationship has permanently broken down

You’ll also need a few details to hand before you start the online divorce process, which includes:

  • Full names and addresses of both you and your partner
  • Original marriage certificate or a certified copy
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)

The divorce papers will be sent to your ex-partner via post. Or, if you’ve provided their email address to the courts, they can receive these online. 

Choosing a family solicitor

When going through a divorce, it’s important to use a family solicitor who has your best interests and is sympathetic to your case. They will be on hand to help you through the legalities of the divorce process, so it’s important that you work well together. 

We suggest seeking out personal recommendations as a good family solicitor will have a fantastic word-of-mouth reputation. 

You can also shop around online and read client reviews and testimonials. Or, choose a specialist family law firm that has dedicated solicitors that only concentrate on divorce and child matters.

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