Over a third (39%) of Brits said they found it difficult separating finances after splitting from their partner - so a group of money experts have shared their advice.

The term “divorce” has seen an 80% increase in Google searches year-on-year and searches for ‘joint account after divorce’ have increased by 68%, with the last 17 months clearly testing people's relationships, some to breaking point.

This is according to debt management company, Lowell, who have looked into the UK’s experiences and attitudes towards joint finances.

They found that half (47%) of the Brits who currently have a joint bank account feel like they were not given the right guidance or advice on what would happen to their account if they were to separate.

Birts say finances cause them a lot of stress after a breakup
Birts say finances cause them a lot of stress after a breakup

The end of a relationship or the breakdown of a marriage is often one of the most stressful times in anyone's lives and disputes can have a lasting impact on families and the individuals involved.

Almost half (46%) of Brits said that agreeing on what to do with their marital home and any outstanding mortgage payments was one of the most stressful parts of their separation.

The research found that four in ten (39%) found it very difficult to separate their finances, and 58% believe that their previous experiences will put them off ever having a joint account again in future.

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Separating when a couple share joint finances can also lead to debt as some may find themselves having to pay off amounts that their partner has accrued.

This is something that nearly half of Brits (45%) found as one of the most stressful experiences from their financial split.

Having their own credit score impacted by their partner's behaviour was named as the biggest stress for 31% of those asked.

What's more is a further 30% said that agreeing on how to split savings, investments or other funds was the most stressful part.

How to handle joint finances

John Pears, Managing Director of Lowell, offers his advice to any couples with joint finances going through a separation.

“Separations are always difficult, and if you have combined and intertwined finances then things can get even more tricky. Many people are not aware that when you break-up, you are both equally liable for any joint debt – even if it was not you who spent the money.

To make sure things go as well as they can do during a separation, these are some steps suggested by John:

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