Earlier this year May Bulman Social Affairs Correspondent of The Independent reported. Separating couples now typically spend £14,561 on lawyers and lifestyle costs, plus an additional £35,000 to rent or £144,600 to buy new property.
The cost of divorce has soared by 17 per cent in three years, with divorcing and separating couples now typically spending £14,561 on legal and lifestyle costs, a new report reveals.
On top of this, couples who move house as a result of the separation spend tens of thousands of pounds on moving house. Those who rent – which applies to more than half of divorcees – spend around £35,000, while those who go onto buy a new property (16 per cent) spend £144,600 on average.
The report by Aviva reveals soaring legal fees and the cost of redecorating homes, as well as moving house, are central to this rise.
Due to these soaring costs, for a significant proportion of separated couples – 16 per cent – affordability remains such a concern that they remain living together in the same house because they can’t afford to move.
Meanwhile, nearly one in three (31 per cent) of those who have split say they have dipped into their savings for financial support, while over a quarter (26 per cent) admit using credit cards for this reason. Close to a quarter (23 per cent) have also borrowed from friends and family to tide them over.
Aviva’s findings indicate the majority (68 per cent) of couples who divorce or separate have financial issues to resolve, with the process taking on average 14 and a half months – three months longer than in 2014.
With over a third (34 per cent) stating they found the process worse than expected, the report urges couples to ensure they have an equal understanding of household finances to prevent long-term financial plans from going off-course in the event of a relationship breakdown.
The report comes as new data revealed the number of divorces in England and Wales increased by 6 per cent between 2015 and 2016 to 106,959 – in what marked the first rise since 2009.
In light of the findings, Paul Brencher, Aviva’s health and protection director, said: “The breakdown of a marriage or long-term relationship is likely to be one of the most emotionally demanding life events for people who experience it.
“Without taking away from the primary emotional strain, there are other significant costs which have the potential to cause further disruption to family units. Aside from the costs of a new home, separating couples across the UK spend £1.7bn getting back on their feet after the breakdown of a relationship on costs including legal fees, buying a car or paying for a newfound need for childcare.
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