Another look at why couples divorce

A recent article in The Times takes another look at why couples divorce, suggesting that couples who have a daughter as their first born are at a higher risk of divorcing, especially after their daughter turns 12.

Whilst no one can deny that having children is hard work and changes the dynamic of the parents relationship, in my experience there is never just one reason why couples divorce but a whole host of different reasons for different circumstances. The only common theme in every case I deal with is a lack of communication between the parties and it is usually when couples stop talking to each other that the problems begin.

A relationship breakdown is a stressful time not just for the couple but also for the impact on the wider family members. Couples with children need to try wherever possible to remain consistent in what they tell their children and how they act with them. Regardless of how they may now feel about the other parent, the children need to see that despite their parents no longer being a couple they are still equally loved by either parent and will be put first in all decision making.

Seeking advice from a family solicitor early on can help each party decide what is in the best interests of their children and what they can expect the process of divorcing to look like. At Barker Gotelee the family team offer a 45 minute no obligation consultation where the experienced solicitor can give advice and practical support for each unique situation. Call 01473 611 211 for more information.

Amanda Erskine is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich.

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