The Real Family Law Advice You Never Received


Splitting Up

Knowing when to stay and when to go is the most difficult part of deciding if it's time to split from your partner.

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For each individual couple, there will be signs particular to you that will indicate if it's time to move on. We have recently seen some discussion over what the general signs may be if, down the line, you find yourself making that difficult decision.

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According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), there were 13 divorces every hour in England and Wales in 2012 and nearly 50% of divorces happen within the first 10 years of marriage. These are harrowing statistics that shouldn't be taken lightly.

The internet has many ideas on what the signs of an impending marriage dispute leading to divorce may look like. We decided to highlight some, so that in the event they apply to you, you'll know where to go for the right advice.

Being able to talk to your partner is essential while you're married and whilst you are going through divorce proceedings. We know divorces can go sour quite quickly, but being able to talk to your ex- partnernot only benefits you throughout the divorce by saving you money, but it can help to maintain a workable relationship if you have any children together. It's no secret that children are affected by their parents' divorce, especially if the split is acrimonious.

If you find that you're increasingly unable to talk to your partner it may be a sign that it's time to move on.

Can We Be Civil?

In some relationships, there may not be much interaction with the in-laws. In others, they're an integral part of everyday life. In some cases, family is the making or the breaking of a relationship, prompting some people to leave their marriages because they can't handle the pressure of external influences. In cases such as these where couples agree to split, negotiations tend to be more fruitful if there are no other parties involved, and the divorce is conducted by the 2 of them.

Divorces can become long and acrimonious if outside influences become a significant factor costing you time and money. Your solicitor can try their best to keep the costs down but you can also help by shutting out the distractions to concentrate on the task in hand.

Many people would say that the key to a long marriage is to be best friends from the beginning. Others have said that the breakup of their marriage was a result of never learning to be friends in the first place. You don't have to buy matching friendship bracelets, but having a good relationship during marriage makes all the difference if it comes to divorce. It's no secret that people grow apart and circumstances change, but that doesn't mean you have to leave each other on bad terms.

For those who do split and are still able to communicate effectively, you can use mediation to agree on the terms of your divorce.

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