The Divorce Rate
New figures released by The Marriage Foundation confirm that 39% of couples who marry today will seek a divorce.
The peak time period for couples who commence divorce proceedings is between the 3 year and 6 year anniversary, with divorce rates decreasing substantially once a couple has reached 20 years of marriage. Only 1 in 5 divorces occur after a couple’s 20th anniversary and that reduces to 1 in 100 following 40 years of marriage.
Couples who are in the first decade of marriage face the greatest risk of marriage breakdown. The Marriage Foundation is advising couples within the first decade to attempt to strengthen their marriage before commencing divorce proceedings, including advising couples to really consider the choices they make prior to marriage.
Ridley & Hall understands that, despite the best efforts of all parties involved, sometimes a marriage does break down and divorce is the only option. If you would like advice regarding the divorce procedure, likely timescales and costs, please telephone 01484 538421 and ask to speak to a member of the Family team.
Alternatively you may email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
The Family team at Ridley & Hall also understands that when a marriage breaks down, there are other issues connected to the separation which will need careful discussion, such as children and finances. You may be anxious about these issues and uncertain of what the future holds. Our experienced Family team is here to offer you specialist legal advice and we will ensure that we resolve matters as swiftly and amicably as possible.
Alternatively, if you are contemplating marriage and are worried about protecting your assets and property in the event of a separation, please contact the Family team about a prenuptial or cohabitation agreement.