There seems to be a lot of ‘Christmas in July’ themed parties, events and advertising gigs on this month. You’re probably wondering though, what does that have to do with separation and divorce? Well, a few things:
- Typically, couples take between three to six months (or potentially longer) to reach an agreement after separation about care arrangements for their children and/or about how to divide the finances. Some couples are able to reach an agreement between themselves about these matters, whilst some need a bit of help from, for example, mediation services. The waitlist for such mediation services can be several months.
- The lead up to Christmas is generally a busy period for family lawyers. Clients want to lock in time with their children during the Christmas school holiday period or they want to wrap up their separation matters before Christmas so that they can start the New Year afresh.
- Another busy period for family lawyers is when the school year resumes for first term. It can be over that Christmas break that individuals and couples make the decision that they
no longer want to continue in the relationship. It can take a few months for the dust to settle after separation before a couple choose to take the next step in finalising their separation, whereby it is then the middle of the year.
So how is this relevant to you?
Well, bearing in mind the settling of the dust and the length of time it can take to reach an agreement after separation, if you would like to finalise your separation by Christmas, perhaps the middle of the year is when you want to start having a conversation with your partner to reach an agreement about finances and the children?
In starting the conversation now, you could potentially have your separation finalised in time for Christmas to start the New Year off with a new chapter.
In visiting us here on our website, you’d be aware that we’re Dedicated Settlement Lawyers.
We don’t go to Court, instead we formalise agreements reached by couples after separation, that’s our speciality.
We’ll be here when or if you need us to help you formalise your agreement.