25th Aug 2017

Are you heading for a summer break?

I'm about to go on holiday. I haven’t done any packing yet –  but my out of office is on and I’ve just recorded my voicemail message.

The last day at work pre-hols is always frantic. Rushing to get everything done –   a (very) early start in the office to tackle that long 'to do' list, which is all too often displaced by those unexpected things that come in and need to be dealt with urgently. Sound familiar?

Whichever way you look at holidays, although wonderful, do bring pressures of their own. If you're already going though relationship difficulties, well you may well feel you already have pressure enough.  For some families, this could be a ‘make or break’ trip, or perhaps a first solo ventures.  An adventure into a whole world of unknown, beyond just what do you do on holiday when you are the only grown up.

An article landed on my desk earlier this week, it was a piece in The Telegraph writing about the common perception that the divorce lawyers busiest time apart from the post-Christmas period is the post-holiday period. But is it true? Well no, not really. Maybe a little, but not as much as the media would have you believe.

Ultimately, no two sets of circumstances are alike and the trigger to move on can come at any time. Perhaps rather than being the result of sangria-fuelled spats over the sun loungers, the decision comes from having time to stop and evaluate.

 Time. Reflection. Rare and precious things.

Sarah Smith is Yorkshire's only Eminent Practitioner in Family Law. She is a qualified mediator and Managing Director of Berwins Solicitors.

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