If you are feeling the effects of what has come to be known as ‘Blue Monday’ (the third Monday in January and notionally the most depressing day of the year) then you are probably in the majority.
With the combination of poor weather, the return to work and New Year’s resolutions that may have already fallen by the wayside, it is hardly surprising that it is also one of the most popular times to book holidays!
If you have also recently spent time considering the future of your relationship and making the undoubtedly difficult decision about how to separate and move on, it is one of the busiest times for family lawyers to receive new instructions in respect of divorce and separation. Such decisions are never easy, and the potentially complicated legal issues in respect of your children and finances do little to help matters.
However, there are steps you can take to minimise the uncertainty posed by relationship breakdown, as well as options that can be tailored to your and your former partner’s specific circumstances. For many, court proceedings dealing with children and financial arrangements can be avoided if you and your former partner can come to an agreement through alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation and collaborative family law. Our family lawyers are experts in assisting not only with traditional court proceedings, but also in helping you to navigate these less acrimonious approaches to resolving issues.
We are also able to assist if you, or someone who is close to you, is experiencing any form of domestic abuse, whether this involves controlling behaviour or violence, by advising you on the many protective measures available from the courts or elsewhere.
At Slater Heelis we are focused entirely on achieving the best outcome for you—and our experience and level of commitment is second-to-none. Several of our family solicitors are ranked as leading individuals and recommended lawyers in the authoritative UK legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers) and all of our family solicitors adhere to the Resolution Code of Practice, which means that they will work with you to resolve your case in a constructive and non-confrontational way.
To get in touch, just call 0161 969 3131 or email a member of the family team.