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Property Experts See Rise In Quick Divorce House Sales

By GreenGecko | 21 August 20 12:20am | Business News

Leeds-based property experts 321Move has seen first-hand the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on couples. The latest figures show a surge in divorce rates at the beginning of lockdown, leading to a rise in people looking for a quick divorce house sale across the UK.

According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), over 1000 online divorce applications were made by couples in the first week of lockdown. The figures show that the average couple was together for an average of 12 and a half years.

A spokesperson from 321 Move said, “Summer and Autumn are traditionally busy times for divorce house sales as parents gain more time to work through the separation once their children are back at school.

“However, with the recent lockdown has exacerbated difficult living situations for couples as restrictions on freedom provide little distraction to the realities of living together.

“As a result, we are seeing in a rise in the demand for our services as people look for a quick house sale as the lockdown restrictions lift. We are proud to be able to provide support and advice for during what can be a very stressful time.”

The surge coincides with the announcement of the new ‘no fault’ legislation that is set to make the UK divorce process ‘less traumatic’. The Bill aims to reduce family conflict – divorcing couples will no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of the marriage.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told MPs: “No-one sets out thinking that their marriage is going to end, no-one wants their marriage to break down, none of us are therefore indifferent when a couple’s lifelong commitment has sadly deteriorated.

“Where divorce is inevitable, this bill seeks to make the legal process less painful.”

Labour’s shadow justice secretary David Lammy says the new law “will promote conciliations and compromise” and it will reduce legal costs which can reach “eye-watering sums quite unnecessarily”.

The new ‘no-fault’ legislation is due to start Autumn 2021.

321 Move are a house buying company with offices in Leeds and London.

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