Consultant solicitor Shashi Sachdeva, in our leading Family Law team, explains how the firm has been supporting 'Good Divorce Week' and discusses the findings of a recent YouGov survey.
Blandy & Blandy, in conjunction with the family lawyers’ organisation Resolution, is promoting ‘Good Divorce Week’ this week. Our Family Law team has been offering free 30-minute advice sessions to couples contemplating divorce or separation.
We are still offering these appointments tomorrow, Friday 4 December, if you have an urgent need for legal advice and would like to explore the available options.
The focus of Good Divorce Week this year has been on the importance of seeking early legal help with regards to Family Law issues and on highlighting risks to mental health for individuals getting divorced.
Resolution commissioned a YouGov survey of more than 1,000 divorcees, which found that 41% of those who divorced within the last five years suffered mental health episodes including depression and anxiety. Worryingly, of those, just over half reported having suicidal thoughts (54%).
The figures represent a significant worsening of people’s experience of divorce, as the corresponding rates for people who divorced longer than five years ago found 29% of them reported poor mental health and 32% had suicidal thoughts.
The poll also found the number of ‘DIY divorces’ – those seeking little or no professional or legal help and representing themselves – had increased from 35% among those who divorced over five years ago, to 57% among those who got divorced within the last five years.
Resolution is the family lawyers’ organisation for England and Wales. It encourages members to practise Family Law in a constructive and non-confrontational way, according to its Code of Practice. Our team members are committed to these principles and adopt a constructive approach to resolving family law issues on behalf of our clients.
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