January will soon be behind us. And with it what now seems to be an annual fixture – ‘divorce day’. If you didn’t know, that’s the first working Monday after Christmas. According to some lawyers and many media outlets, it is when there is a notable spike in divorce enquiries.

This year, we’ve noticed some very justified criticism of the notion of a ‘divorce day’. The view being that something as momentous and life changing as family breakdown should not be reduced to a snappy media sound bite.

We think this criticism is well placed. In our experience individuals don’t rush to divorce in the immediate aftermath of the Christmas holidays. The decision to consult a family lawyer is usually only taken after careful consideration.

Of course there may be an increase in online searches for ‘divorce’ and related terms in the first weeks of January. But does that really translate into an actual increase in divorce? (As an aside, it’s worth noting that the Office of National Statistics revealed in 2018 that the divorce rate in England and Wales was at its lowest rate since 1972. In fact divorce among heterosexual couples is now 40% less likely than it was at its peak in 1993.)

Reviewing A Relationship: What Should I Do?

While you may not be ready to consider divorce, if you are beginning the New Year in a relationship that is faltering you may well take the opportunity to review your situation. And it certainly does no harm to look at what options might be available if your relationship does ultimately break down.

At Brookman in London we understand that taking that first step is difficult for many. When you have put in huge emotional energy to try and make a relationship succeed the admission that it may not be salvageable isn’t an easy one to make. But a frank discussion with a specialist family lawyer can help clarify the financial and legal issues in a way that helps you decide on the way forward.

Our Free Consultation

Brookman offers a free, no obligation consultation. It’s one way to address the issues around separation and divorce. The meeting can be in person or by phone. Once you have outlined your particular circumstances one of our solicitors can give initial advice or set your mind at rest in relation to the specific concerns you have. If appropriate we’ll give you a written summary of our advice.

Unlike some firms, we don’t put a strict time limit on these appointments. We recognise that every case is different. And the more complex your situation the more time we may need to deal with your initial concerns. You can request a consultation online or by phoning +44 (0)20 7430 8470.

Things To Consider Before Meeting A Family Lawyer

To get the most out of any meeting with a family solicitor make sure you have thought about what you want to discuss. The usual areas to focus on include:

  • Children – If you have children they will be the central focus of any divorce. How will separation affect them? Have you thought about the practicalities of where they may live and what financial support they will need? These considerations shouldn’t stop you pursuing a divorce if it’s the right thing for you. But beginning to think about the long-term consequences of divorce for your children at these initial stages will make it easier to find a workable solution.
  • Finance and property – Be ready to discuss what assets the family has and how you envisage these being divided in the event of divorce. We will be able to explain the different financial settlements available to divorcing couples and begin to think about what might be suitable for you
  • Telling your spouse – If you haven’t discussed divorce with your spouse think about when this might be appropriate. It’s important to keep things as amicable as possible and broaching the subject in a sensitive, thoughtful way can help. You should always consider mediation as a way of resolving any disputes that arise. As members of Resolution we are committed to exploring non-confrontational ways of finalising your divorce before resorting to court proceedings.

It’s likely that you will have friends or family members who have been through divorce. Naturally they will want to support you and offer advice. But remember, the facts of your case will be different from theirs. In some cases the law and the approach of judges will have changed. So there is no substitute for specialist, up to date legal advice. Our free consultation is a useful way to get robust initial guidance tailored to your particular situation –whether you ask us to advise you further or not.

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From my first contact with the firm I was treated courteously and promptly. I was offered a pro bono meeting shortly after making contact. Mr Brookman is clearly a very experienced professional and in our meeting he gave me some well considered and objective advice about my rather complicated situation which spans more than one jurisdiction.

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I had an initial consultation with Henry Brookman regarding prenuptial agreements and found him to be very helpful and knowledgeable.

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I had a free telephone consultation yesterday with Gavin Yeung. He could not have been more helpful and reassuring as he calmly and patiently worked through my situation to provide me with clarity and piece of mind at a time it was really needed and emotions are running high.

Mar 2022   'K M'

I spoke with Aziz at Brookman Solicitors on the phone for an initial consultation and he is one of the friendliest lawyers I have met. He is clearly very experienced as he patiently explained me all the concepts and processes which are quite daunting for someone in my situation, and then focused on the actual questions I wanted to ask... I would highly recommend Aziz and Brookman Solicitors.

Feb 2022   'R'

I am grateful for Henry Brookman and his team for support they provided to me during very frustrating time of divorce. They respond promptly to any request. I felt more confident after I started the process with them. Henry listened carefully to me and took quick actions on my case. I highly recommend this team of real professionals even for non-UK citizens.

Feb 2022   Sezim Beksultanova

I had online consultation with the partner Henry Brookman today. I was very happy with the service. I found him to be very insightful, knowledgeable and provided sound advice, as well as being kind and patient. It was a very comfortable discussion and he sent an email detailing our discussion very quickly discussing in our meeting in depth. I am amazed by the service we got just from a free consultation. I would highly recommend these solicitors!

Jan 2022   Shirley Christopher

We spoke at length and at no point felt like he was rushing us and we felt very comfortable. After our discussion we were also quickly sent an email detailing everything we were discussing in our meeting in depth. I am amazed by the service we got just from a free consultation. I would highly recommend these solicitors!

Dec 2021   Tina

I was fortunate to spend an hour running through a few questions with Natasha Slabas. She was quick to grasp the points raised and proposed a sensible way forward. Would recommend

Dec 2021   Nick Powell

I cannot praise the professionalism and courtesy too highly. The advice given in a very complex divorce matter, was clear, concise, enlightening and inspiring.

Nov 2021   Mary Barn

I contacted Henry Brookman because of the complex international aspect of my divorce and I’m very glad I did... Henry took his time explaining all the pro’s and contra’s... I now have a much clearer view over the situation and feel more confident going forward. I’m very grateful for the excellent advice I’ve received and not feeling rushed during the meeting.

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Talitha offers sound advice, asks the right questions and advises you with what you need to know not just what you want to hear. I have no hesitation in recommending her services.

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