How Lockdown Has Torn Many Couples Apart


When getting married, the last thing being contemplated is divorce.  Although 12 months ago, Britain’s divorce rate was falling faster than anywhere else in Europe, since lockdown, there has been a significant increase in demand for divorces.

Whilst “an ok” marriage can survive normal life where there is plenty of opportunity for time apart, enforced lockdown can make the situation intolerable.

Liz Hebden, Head of Family at AWB Charlesworth says her experience over the past 12 months is that those who have been thinking about divorce over the years, are finally taking the step to initiate divorce proceedings as unhappy couples have been forced to confront ongoing issues.  She has experienced a higher than usual number of enquiries from those seeking advice regarding divorce.

Divorce should never be entered into lightly – it is a life changing event, especially where children are involved.  For some however, it can seem that there is no option.

If you are taking stock of your own future and need expert legal advice, please do get in touch with our specialist team.  We are currently unable to offer face to face meetings, but are able to offer appointments by Zoom or telephone.

Before you commit to anything, we at AWB Charlesworth offer a preliminary meeting for a fixed fee of £100. Typically, your first meeting will last 1 – 2 hours, after which you will have a full understanding of your options and the likely costs of achieving a resolution.

To talk to a member of our Family Law department, call Amanda De Winter on 01756 692871 or email

19 March 2021