As we prepare for tighter restrictions across the nation once again, for many this reintroduces a great amount of tension as they must live in isolation with a partner that they are currently separating from. With traditional easement methods such as counselling and simply taking a break from one another both not being an option, the way forward is often unclear.
Should you pursue a separation or wait until the lockdown ends?
We strongly suggest that you take the lockdown as an opportunity to sit down with your partner and explain the reasons why you believe the relationship has broken down. It is important to remain calm during these discussions and understand the mood of one will affect the household during a lockdown.
If you both come to an agreement that pursuing a legal separation is the correct course to take, the family law courts remain open during the lockdown and we are here to help you navigate the steps you are required to take. Mediators are also active, allowing you to calmly reach a mutually agreeable solution.
If you do decide to begin divorce proceedings during the lockdown, you must be prepared to live with your ex-partner for some time. Finding other accommodation is often tricky due to financial reasons but given the restrictions we currently face this is making it even more difficult for separating couples who wish to move out.
For some, the heightened tensions that a lockdown can induce will mean that one parent must move out. It is crucial that this is fully explained to any children prior to doing so, taking time to explain all of the factors and to plan how you will minimise any further disruption to your child’s wellbeing the current climate are all necessary steps.
We can help
We understand that this is never going to be an enjoyable time for separating couples but we experienced in helping couples reach mutually beneficial conclusions, whilst also helping clients to see this process as the step to a new beginning.
We will remain fully operational during the lockdown.
With the announcement of tighter restrictions coming into place this week, we would like to reassure all current and potential clients that we will remain fully operational throughout. Having adapted and excelled previously this year, we will be bringing back video & telephone meetings to keep your case active.