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My New Years Resolution – Divorce in 2014? by Venisha Shah

By in Family Law Category on December 18th, 2013

Right now we’re all rushing around like mad doing all those last minute jobs like collecting the turkey, doing “The Christmas Shop” for groceries, buying the gift for Auntie Jean, who we forgot about and, of course, recovering from the “work’s do” (even if it was a week ago!)

The week before Christmas is generally a time of happy chaos, when there just aren’t enough hours in the day to combine wrapping, shopping, wining and dining. But fast forward a week or so, once the big day has been, when the turkey is eaten, the presents unwrapped and the hangover all but forgotten and what is often left is a mood of quiet contemplation.

January does not only see a surge in new diets and gym memberships, but also a sharp increase in the divorce rate. This is because the festive season forces many of us to take stock of our lives, to look at where we are and where we want to be. It is a time for “life auditing” and many of us find that we’re unhappy with the results and that we are ready to make a change. This can mean deciding to end a relationship that has been foundering for a while, finally filing for divorce after a lengthy separation or deciding to formalise arrangements for contact with your children. Alternatively, it may be a time for getting round to making that Will or Lasting Power of Attorney which you have been thinking about all year.

January therefore becomes a time for making decisions which we have put off, or been too busy or frightened to face, but which we need to tackle now in order to start the New Year with a clean slate. It is a time for spring cleaning, clearing the decks and starting afresh; a month for resolutions, rebranding and reinventing oneself, for cleansing the soul of the past and welcoming the future with fervour.

At The Law House we can’t help you to stick to the diet that has promised to alter your waistline forever, nor can we make the gym membership worth the crazy monthly fee. What we can do is help you to resolve lots of the personal issues which may be preventing you from embracing the New Year. If you are thinking of calling time on a relationship or filing for divorce or if you’ve decided to start the New Year with your affairs in order and therefore need a Will drawn up professionally, please contact me on 029 2000 3916 or email me at and I will help and guide you through fulfilling these resolutions.