Family Law expert Jones Whyte recommends early action to avoid more heartache
FAMILY law experts are bracing themselves for a surge in dispute cases as couples experience “relationship realisations” post-pandemic.
With partners working and living in close proximity 24 hours a day, combined with home-schooling and money worries, it is forcing some couples to crisis point, according to Nicole De-Pellete from Jones Whyte.
The Glasgow-based firm is now preparing for a likely increase in inquiries as couples emerge from lockdown, but realise that there is no prospect of reconciliation.
And this being further evidenced by Scottish Government research that shows there have been increasing actions for divorce recorded since 2019.
Trainee Solicitor Nicole said: “As Scotland moves to its lowest level of restrictions, we begin to reflect on the long-term impacts lockdown has had, particularly on households and families.
“The day to day lives of couples has been immensely altered by the various restrictions. Our relationships in pre-COVID times consisted of a balance of time together and time apart.
“However, over the past year, many of us have worked and lived in close proximity to our partners, 24 hours a day, while also coping with home-schooling, money concerns and external stressors.
“Some couples have flourished, enjoying the slower pace of life and the chance to spend more time together, but the intense nature of this kind of living has created a ‘make or break environment’ and acted as catalyst for couples reaching a crisis point.
“As many begin to heal from the undeniable wounds inflicted on their lives, ‘relationship realisations’ are becoming more evident. If you believe your marriage has broken down irretrievably and there is no prospect of reconciliation, you sadly may be considering a divorce.”
Nicole added that research by Relate’s Families in the UK showed that almost half of couples (45%) reported lockdown had put a ‘real strain’ on their relationship. Almost a third of couples also reported that lockdown had a negative impact, worsening their already struggling relationships.
Nicole said: “While the breakup of any relationship is a matter of great sadness, there does need to be the practicalities of speaking to an experienced family law specialist to provide the advice to know what steps you need to follow – and indeed how you can rebuild your life.”
Jones Whyte is able to offer an initial consultation – with a discounted fee – with one its specialist divorce solicitors. Call 0141 375 1222.
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