Lawyers prepared for an increase in divorce inquiries on Monday 6 January which has been dubbed ‘Divorce Day’.
Financial troubles and the stress of trying to create the perfect Christmas are cited as the main reasons why couples decide to break up at this time of year.
2020 is expected to see the introduction of legislation for “no-fault divorce”.
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation bill proposes the first change to divorce law for almost 50 years. If approved, couples will no longer need to cite ‘faults’ such as adultery or unreasonable behaviour to end their marriage. Couples will be able to separately or jointly file a statement of irretrievable breakdown.
The bill is supported by organisations including the Law Society, which says no-fault divorce “will reduce conflict, allowing couples to focus on important issues like children, property and finances.”