February 24th, 2017
I recently read a survey carried out by Grant Thornton headed “matrimonial survey 2015 – impact to family law”. There is a link at the bottom of this blog.
In that survey, they set out some statistics for 2016.
Apparently, 73% of the people surveyed, (in 2015 this was 61%) stated marriages of 11 – 20 years were the most common to be ending and 40 – 49 is the most common age for divorcing clients for 77% of respondents.
25% of respondents stated growing apart or falling out of love is the most common reason cited for marriage breakdown.
Our experience at Hawkins Family Law is not that different. Although 11 - 20 years was the most common length of time for a marriage to end, generally marriage either seems to fail very early on – ie within a year or so, or continue to the 11+ years. Again, once parties have reached their 20th wedding anniversary, there seems to be a certain strengthening of the “better the devil you know” attitude and change becomes potentially more frightening.
If you think logically about those statistics, in the first 11 years of a conventional marriage, that is the time where the couple have a family, buy a house, are heavily laden with financial burdens and commitments to child care etc. The stresses and strains are considerable, therefore we shouldn’t really be surprised that this is the time when things can go wrong. Dissatisfaction inevitably creeps in.
If you find yourself in that situation then please give us a call for an informal chat and we can hopefully guide you through the process or point you in the direction of our counsellor, Emma Chamberlain, who might be able to offer some support to you and your spouse.http://www.grantthornton.co.uk/en/insights/matrimonial-survey-2016-impacts-to-family-law/?utm_term=%5BUK%5D&utm_source=Newsletter-matrimonial-survey-2016---key-issues-for-family-law-professionals&utm_content=matrimonial-survey-2016---key-issues-for-family
Jo qualified as a solicitor in 1992 having completed her training at leading Cambridge firms Taylor Vinters and Thompson and Co. After qualification, Jo moved to J Garrard and Allen in Olney where she established the family department. In 1994 Jo was made a Partner at J Garrard and Allen and continued to build and develop the practice. Jo trained as a mediator with Resolution in 1996.
In 2001 Jo decided to set up independently and created a purely family law practice in Stony Stratford recognising that in fact the skills required by family lawyers and the expectations of clients experiencing relationship breakdown and separation were different from those required in other areas of the law.
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Boutique family law firm that punches above its weight in terms of high-value and complex matrimonial finance instructions relating to business assets, pensions and substantial property portfolios, including assisting with the handling of assets abroad. Also represents clients in the negotiation of wealth protection agreements and private law childcare arrangements. Fields a team trained in collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution.
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