Consider mediation, says family law group, as couples reach breaking point over festive period

The months following the festive period are when couples are most at risk of divorce and family disputes, a family law body has revealed.

National Family Mediation (NFM), which published the report, said couples “make it their new year resolution to end their relationships after a stressful holiday period”.

The body said Christmas often “proves the final straw” for straining relationships, but can often lead to disputes over money, children, and property.

But NFM is urging couples not to rush into expensive litigation, and instead consider alternative means, such as mediation.

“Our professional mediators are on new year alert, expecting a flood of enquiries,” says Jane Robey, the CEO of NFM.

“We know there will be many, many couples who have decided for sure to separate, yet who need more information about their options. It’s important they consider all the possible ways they can make arrangements that are genuinely in the interests of everyone in the family, especially the children.

“January usually sees a rise in divorce and separation, as relationships that have hung by a thread for some time finally snapped over Christmas.”

At Carter Lemon Camerons, we support alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, and actively encourage settlement without the need for lengthy and costly court proceedings, without ever compromising on the proper preparation of your case. For help and advice, contact Francesca Flood or telephone: 020 7406 1000.