While for many Christmas is a time for festive fun and cheer, it can also be an incredibly difficult and distressing time for those people whose marriage or civil partnership is in crisis.

Maybe you have known for some time that the relationship is over or maybe the additional pressures of Christmas, coupled with the increased time at home together, has made you reflect on any changes you need to make which may include divorce or separation from your spouse or civil partner.

With the New Year signifying a fresh start and renewed hope for the future, it can be a good time to take control of your future. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that getting a divorce is consistently one of the top New Years Resolutions made.

April 2022 sees the introduction of the new no-fault divorce law which will enable couples to get divorced without having to attribute blame or wait a period of 2 or 5 years. This new legislation hopes will enable couples to divorce solely on the basis that the marriage has broken down. Where both parties are in agreement that there should be a divorce, a joint petition can be filed with the Court.

It is envisaged that being able to say the relationship has simply failed, without holding either person accountable, will ease some of the stress and pain that couples often endure during separation. In addition, it is hoped it will be easier for couples to settle the terms of their divorce, without getting caught up in long-winded, acrimonious legal battles in Court.

Even with the introduction of the new legislation divorce is still likely to be a daunting prospect for many. There are so many things to consider, will we have to sell the family home? Where will I live? Will I be able to manage financially? What arrangements will need to be made with regards to the children? Will I be entitled to a share of my spouses’ pension? What will happen regarding joint assets / liabilities?

We can assist you with all of these questions and more. Our experienced family lawyers are on hand to guide you through the process and discuss the available options to ensure things run as smoothly as possible and to help you make the decisions that are right for you and your family.

Here at Ringrose Law we offer free consultations for anyone contemplating divorce or separation. To find out more contact your nearest Ringrose Law Office or email wecanhelp@ringroselaw.co.uk

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