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Has online divorce contributed to an increase in separating couples?

The recent publication from the Office for National Statistics dated 17 November 2020 sadly shows that there has been a significant increase in opposite and same sex couples getting divorced in 2019. Over 100,000 marriages were ended legally in 2019.

Have the UK Government made it easier for couples to get divorced without giving them the necessary support required?

It is said that the surge of cases can be correlated to the divorce centers processing a backlog of case work in 2018. Interestingly that coincides with the UK Government allowing couples to simply divorce online without the need for time to pause or consider alternatives.

The statistics show that 2019 saw the largest annual percentage increase in divorces since 1972, following the introduction of The Divorce Reform Act 1969. The historic landmark law facilitated couples to go their separate ways, but has the recent online system made it too easy?

With the introduction of the online application for divorce, it is possible to start divorce proceedings from home by simply filling in an application online in the heat of the moment.

How many of the record number of cases are the result of an angry reaction to an argument without time being given for reflection, legal advice or counselling let alone thought for the best interests of any children.

The sad reality and impact of Covid-19

People may not think so, but divorce is a bereavement, the only difference being is that that person is still around reminding you of the loss. Divorcing and separating is an extremely difficult time in individuals’ lives. Sadly over 200,000 people suffered the uncertainty, heartbreak and fear of the unknown last year following their divorce.

With the current global pandemic the UK has entered into a second lockdown. Heading into what is supposed to be the most magical time of the year, it is likely to put a significant strain on marriages and relationships.

As we head towards the end of the year, some may say they cannot wait to see the back of 2020. The post Christmas period always sees a spike in divorce enquiries. However, as we enter into 2021, we unfortunately could see an unprecedented surge in marriage breakdown. It is important that people do not feel alone or make decisions without advice on the options available to them, their rights and responsibilities.

If you are confused about what to do next or need advice as to how to move forwards, our experienced, friendly family law team at Taylor&Emmet are here to support you.

Contact us on 0114 218 4000 or via email at to find out more for how we can help you through your divorce, and support you with financial settlements and child care arrangements.

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