Preparing for Life after Lockdown

David Lister Family Solicitor
Author:
David Lister
Partner, Head of Family Law
Date:
29/04/2020

Life during lockdown is proving tough for many people. You may be considering whether your relationship has run its course and think it’s time to make some changes after lockdown. But you might be worried about what that means for you. You could be concerned about:  

  • Financial constraints - how can I afford to leave?
  • Your relationship with your children being restricted or lost - what if I can’t see the children?

All of these thoughts and feelings are likely to be heightened during lockdown, because of the added anxiety that a pandemic brings.

Whilst the current situation may be extraordinary, our open and approachable Lawyers are still here, helping people prepare for their next step, preparing tailored separation solutions to meet their needs.

If you’re unhappy in your relationship and you’re thinking of separating or wanting to formalise a separation that’s already happened we can help. We know that you won’t just be worrying about a divorce though. You’re probably just as worried about the financial implications of your separation, whether you have millions or not.

The thought of separating right now can be even more difficult because of the uncertainty in the economy and around people’s jobs. It can be hard to see a way forward, but for some, there might be a real benefit to sorting out the financial arrangements now, when the chips are down. Our national team of matrimonial finance experts can help you understand the way forward, give you direction and put together a clear action plan and strategy for you. This means you can start to make plans for your immediate future after lockdown but also longer term.

We can provide you with a fixed fee divorce, along with fixed fee financial advice and solutions, so that you know exactly what you need to budget for.

Here are five key things to think about if you’re considering a separation and you’re worrying about what the future holds for you and your family. 

  1. Get your finances in order - We often see cases being delayed because someone takes too much time or can’t give a clear picture of their financial arrangements. This can raise suspicion and lead to increased costs.
  2. Think forward - Visualise yourself and where you’d like to be in 12 months’ time. This will help us to plot a route to get you there or steer you in a more realistic direction.
  3. Get advice at an early stage - Speaking to a Divorce Lawyer before you make the decision to separate means that you are entering the next stage of your life armed and informed. You wouldn’t walk through a door if you didn’t know what was on the other side.
  4. Be child focused - You may be losing a husband or wife, but they’ll still be your co-parent for the rest of your life, not just until your child is 16.
  5. Try to separate well - Think about alternatives to Court. The Family Court is under significant pressure, made worse by the Coronavirus lockdown. Talk to your lawyer about family arbitration, collaborative law and round table and mediated settlements.

Whatever your situation or legal issue during lockdown, we’re here, and we’re always open for you. Talk to one of our experienced Divorce Solicitors who can help you to plan for your life after lockdown.

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