THE Christmas and New Year holidays can sometimes be the straw that breaks the camel’s back when it comes to relationships, with January traditionally being the month with the highest divorce rates.

Generally this is because Christmas is the one time of year when we spend a lot of time with our loved ones, without the distractions of everyday life. Whilst for many it is a magical period it can, for some, magnify problems within a marriage that simply cannot be ignored anymore.

Couples tend to avoid contemplating divorce in the run-up to Christmas, particularly if children are involved, but see the New Year as the chance to face up to their problems.

There are many reasons why couples decide to separate but once the decision to end your marriage has been made it is imperative that legal advice is sought immediately. Emotions can run high at this time and it is extremely important that no rash decisions are made.

At Farleys we understand just how traumatic a time this can be and our dedicated family law team is on hand to offer confidential, practical, pro-active advice on all aspects of divorce when you feel at your most vulnerable.

Our team of family lawyers are members of Resolution, which is a specialist organisation of lawyers who are all committed to a constructive approach when dealing with family law issues.

We adhere to Resolution’s code of practice and because of this the overwhelming majority of our cases, including ones involving substantial financial assets, reach an early settlement agreed by both parties without having to go to an expensive and emotionally draining final hearing in Court.

Divorce is one of the most challenging life experiences that you can go through and keeping an amicable relationship with your former partner can be difficult. At Farleys, a number of our family law solicitors are also trained mediators who can assist by ensuring an effective channel of communication is established and maintained. We also provide a post divorce service where we help to resolve other family issues such as arrangements relating to where children will live and the level of contact they will have with the parent with whom they do not reside.

Deciding to divorce is a decision not to be taken lightly; you and your family’s life will be changed forever. As soon as the decision is made, seek legal advice to safeguard your future and that of your family.

To speak with a Family Solicitor or a Divorce Lawyer at Farleys Solicitors LLP, please call 0845 287 0939 now or contact us by e-mail.