The festive season is well and truly here, with Christmas and New Year’s Eve now only a few weeks away. This time of year also brings the end of the school year, school holidays and the opportunity to reflect on relationships and the future.
At what can be such an emotional time of year for some often brings to fruition thoughts of finally deciding to move on from a relationship; whether or not there are children involved it pays to get the best possible advice as early as you can. Year in year out, we see clients who are genuinely surprised by the time it takes to separate, divorce and finalise parenting arrangements, it can take years, especially if one party wishes to relocate.
If you’ve been thinking about making a change in your relationship there’s every chance your partner feels the same, relationship breakdowns are rarely easy, nor fast and sound advice would be to hope for the best and plan for the worst. On the other side of the spectrum, many are also taken by surprise when a relationship suddenly dissolves, causing a wide range of emotions. Don’t sit back thinking it won’t happen as the first 3 months of every year is the busiest season for divorce!
In planning for a separation and divorce, it pays to have a checklist of how you are going to move forward, planning is even more crucial if there are children involved. Some of the things to consider on your pre-separation checklist include:
- Advice – receiving the best family law advice as early as possible is crucial.
- Moving expenses, and budgeting for this, if you must relocate from the family home.
- Bills – they don’t stop when you separate, ensure you have enough funds to pay for daily outgoings and bills that come your way.
- A locksmith, do you need to change the locks at home?
- Car – do you need to sell it and/or can you afford the repayments on your own?
- School fees – until you have a parenting plan in place you will need to budget for school fees, which may just be around the corner.
- Food – can you afford, above all else to put food on the table? A roof over your head and food to eat are of the utmost importance during this time of your life.
If you are concerned about any of the above and have questions on how best to go about the process of leaving your relationship you can confidentially discuss this with your family lawyer who will advise you on steps to take. Family lawyers are a means of helping and guiding people through a stressful, drawn-out period in their lives and provide crucial assistance to resolve these challenges as peacefully and respectfully as possible.
From our family here at Wiltshire Family Law, to your family – we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We are open every day throughout the holiday season except for public holidays should you or someone you know require assistance. We offer a free initial consultation and have a highly trained, caring and compassionate team of family lawyers ready to assist you. Contact us confidentially on 13 20 30.