Sharp increase in divorces and separations expected as a result of lockdown

An advice charity has warned that the Coronavirus pandemic is placing a huge strain on relationships, with a significant increase in the amount of couples choosing to separate or divorce.

Citizens Advice said divorce guidance searches had risen since April after a drop in visits when lockdown started.

It said views on its divorce webpage on the first September weekend were up 25 per cent compared with the same date in 2019, this accounted for more than 2200 views.

The Citizens Advice data showed searches for advice about getting a divorce peaked on Sundays, with the designated web page being in the top two most-viewed on its website for the past four weekends.

Tom MacInnes, chief analyst for Citizens Advice, said: “We know that this pandemic has put an enormous strain on people financially but our data shows that strain is also being felt in people’s relationships.”

If you are about to go through a separation then mediation can help as it gives the opportunity to discuss practical matters such as your finances or children, in a neutral setting.

Couples turn to mediation once the relationship has broken down – not to get back together – but to sort out the practicalities of a separation or divorce, without a bitter court battle.

Issues including living arrangements, child maintenance, property and savings will often be discussed in the sessions, which typically take between three and five sessions depending on the complexity of the issues between the two separating individuals.

As well as minimising the legal and court costs, mediation will also allow you to retain to control of the separation process and make cool-headed objective decisions that are right for you.

If you would like to find out if mediation is right for you or you would like more information contact a member of our team today.