Instructions are on the rise for family solicitors despite the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealing a record drop in divorce rates.
Hazel Wright, a Partner at Hunters, has seen an upturn in work from cohabiting couples, as well as disputes over money on divorce.
‘Divorce work is straightforward, but these statistics do not address the ways in which families sort out their finances or the arrangements for their children, following separation of the adults. These form the bulk of the work for divorce lawyers, and that workload is not changing.’
However, speaking to Solicitors Journal, Wright said there was ‘no real evidence that “weaker relationships don’t proceed to marriage”, although it does seem that marrying later, when each spouse has more life experience, enhances the likelihood of marriage lasting.’
Read the full article in Solicitors Journal here.