Family lawyer urges calm as Scotland set for busiest divorce period of the year

Family lawyer urges calm as Scotland set for busiest divorce period of the year

Ruth Aberdein

With the festive period over, the first working Monday in January traditionally sees one of the busiest days of the year for family lawyers with the number of people separating increasing following the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Statistics on divorce regularly reveal a significant rise in the number of people seeking advice from lawyers after what can be an intense period for families and couples.

Relationships that have already been experiencing difficulties can deteriorate with the increased stress, not least the added financial pressures that a family encounters during this time, as well as the prolonged periods spent in close proximity.

The most recent Scottish government statistics reveal that of the 73,640 civil law cases initiated in 2016-17, there were almost 8,000 divorces granted. Divorce and dissolution made up 76 per cent of all family cases.

Ruth Aberdein, partner and head of the family law team at Aberdein Considine said: “For many people, this can be a stressful time and often pre-exiting relationship problems are brought into focus, with parties resolving to change their lives as a new year beckons.

“A return to the normal routine after the holidays can help to reduce the stress but ultimately, separation and divorce may be an inevitable outcome.

“Our experience is that a calm approach to disharmony is always advisable. It is important not to make any hasty decisions when tensions are at their highest and it can often be beneficial to talk to someone out with the family.”

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