A recent report by the Head of the UK’s largest family law organisation warns that the stress of Brexit is adding to pressure on couples on the brink of divorce.
Nigel Shepherd, the Chair of Resolution which represents Solicitors and those involved in family law across England and Wales states that for partners who voted different ways in the referendum, the difficulty of reconciling opposing political views may be the final straw.
His comments come as a Dutch entrepreneur announced plans to set up a divorce hotel in the UK to help separating couples sort out their problems over the course of a weekend. The idea of a divorce hotel is to soothe the process of the final breakup.
Law firms regularly send out press releases warning that Christmas or long summer holidays will trigger a fresh wave of relationship breakdowns, but few such cautions were circulated before the EU referendum.
For some people, the Brexit vote was a traumatic rupture from the idea of a European union. Shepherd said divergent political perspectives could reinforce personal misunderstandings.
Resolution report they have come across a number of families in this country who are splitting up because one of them voted differently to the other in the referendum, Mr Shepherd said. “I suspect that was unlikely to have been the sole reason for divorce but we have heard of cases from a number of our members. It was a really divisive campaign. It pushed some couples over the edge. It was the last straw that made them think ‘we are really incompatible’.”
A similar phenomenon has been observed in America among warring couples split between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
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