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Christmas a stressful time for divorcing couples

A recent survey conducted on behalf of family law body Resolution has revealed that more than 40% of people find the Christmas season “very stressful,” while one in three (33%) say they “just want the Christmas season to be over as soon as possible."

The findings also show that festive stress increases “significantly” for couples who have ever been divorced or separated:

  • 45% of British adults who have been separated or divorced in the past and are not currently in a relationship or marriage say that they “just want the Christmas season to be over as soon as possible”.
  • This compares to just 30% of people who have not been separated or divorced.
  • This rises to a staggering 50% of pensioners (over 65s) who have been separated or divorced, compared to just 32% of those aged between 35 and 44 who have ever been separated or divorced.

The results are part of a wider survey commissioned by Resolution that found a “worrying lack of awareness” about a wide variety of non-court based solutions amongst divorcing couples. Only half of people surveyed (51%) say they would consider trying a non-court-based solution instead of going court if they were to divorce in the future.

However, despite this lack of trust in non-court based solutions the survey found that half (50%) of respondents agreed that these methods of divorce and separation are better for the wellbeing of children. Of those British adults who say that they have ever been separated or divorced, the polling finds that more than two-fifths (44%) say they there were children in the household when the break-up occurred.

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