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Embracing Divorce as a Fresh Beginning in 2024

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January is a time when many individuals are committed to making life changes and setting resolutions, and interestingly, this often involves contemplating divorce.

Referred to as ‘Divorce Monday,’ the first working Monday in January sees a surge in divorce enquiries for family lawyers, likely stemming from the strains of the Christmas period.

While Christmas brings joy for some, it can become a series of expectations, stress, and disputes for others, exacerbating existing relationship difficulties. However, the landscape of divorce proceedings underwent a significant shift with the introduction of No-Fault Divorce in April 2022. This legal change establishes an absolute no-fault basis for divorce, alleviating the emotional pain associated with detailing reasons for the marriage breakdown in the application process.

Since April 2022, separated couples have the option to apply for divorce, citing the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, without assigning blame to their spouse. These alterations in the divorce process encourage couples to pursue amicable, no-fault divorces, facilitating smoother proceedings. Many couples now have the opportunity to reach mutually agreeable arrangements outside of court, particularly concerning financial settlements or arrangements for children.

If you are considering a Divorce and this has been hastened by the impact of Christmas, it is helpful to arm yourself with all of the information on what might transpire during the divorce proceedings.

Many of our clients have initial concerns and apprehensions however engaging in discussions with us can dispel these fears. At Rubin Lewis O’Brien we not only clarify the legal aspects but also provide insights into how the law specifically applies to your situation, outlining likely outcomes and scenarios.

Armed with this knowledge, you can make an informed and thoughtful decision regarding the future of your relationship. Whether it involves persevering and seeking repair or reaching the conclusion that your relationship has run its course and it is time to formalise its conclusion.

If you are separated or considering separating of divorce, we can offer expert advice please contact the Family Department and speak with a member of the team.

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