Call us Our customer care line is now open for extended hours : Mon - Fri 8:30am - 7pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm

Stress of Brexit ‘could lead to divorce’

Family Law | 9 Nov 2016 0

Couples who voted differently in the Brexit referendum could be heading for divorce, family law organisation Resolution has claimed.

The stress of dealing with a spouse who supported the opposing side in the referendum campaign could be the final straw for some couples whose relationships are already troubled. Having divergent political opinions could reinforce doubts about how much, or how little, a couple has in common.

Nigel Shepherd is chair of the organisation. He said that Resolution members have encountered many couples who “fell out in a big way because one voted for remain and one for leave”. Although he suspected that it was not the sole reason people were seeking a divorce, Shepherd suggested that the Brexit debate “was a really divisive campaign” which “was the last straw [for some couples] that made them think ‘we are really incompatible’”.

Family lawyers are also facing difficulties in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, he explained, as solicitors “can’t say now where we would like [international family] issues determined” and they “don’t know what marriage regulations will exist” going forward.

Last month, the House of Commons Justice Committee launched an inquiry into the possible effects of Brexit on the British justice system. They are accepting written evidence from legal experts until 11 November. When the inquiry was launched, the Committee expressed particular interest in the impact of Britain’s exit from the EU on “cross-border legal disputes, such as the ‘Brussels Regulations’ … and family matters”.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers based across our family law offices who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. Guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

Get in touch

    Request Free Call Back

    We remain open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Submit your details below, and we’ll arrange a free, no-obligation call back at a time to suit you. To ensure we are the right fit, we need to make you aware that we cannot offer Legal aid.

    Leave a Reply


    Newsletter Sign Up

    For all the latest news from Stowe Family law
    please sign up for instant access today.

      Privacy Policy