Christmas is seen as a time of great joy and family togetherness but to many couples experiencing relationship problems the holiday period can just amplify the sadness and despair they are feeling as the harsh reality is accepted that the relationship is finally over.
The sad fact is that a miserable Christmas time together at the end of a grim 2014 will see many couples seeking advice from solicitors about the repercussions of divorce and how to pick up the pieces in 2015.
Christmas sadly is a time that can highlight problems which are either out in the open or bubbling under the surface during busy lives, and a time when reflection causes many disenchanted couples to decide that they want to embark upon a new chapter in their lives. It is the time of the year when every effort is made to keep the family together, and in many cases couples put off the final decision to protect the family, only to awaken in the New Year with the resolution to take action to make the best of the rest of their lives.
When you add in rows and financial worries due to the commercial cost associated with the festive frenzy, and the enforced coming together of an extended family in sometimes artificial circumstances, it demonstrates why the early part of a New Year is a busy time for family lawyers, advising individuals on financial repercussions of matrimonial breakdown and how to best protect the children by agreeing custody and access arrangements.
The stories of painful Christmases are often cited when divorce cases get underway.
Of course, there are many situations where the holiday period makes things seem far worse than they really are, and organisations such as Relate can be very useful for couples who just need someone to talk to about their issues.
However, if you are one of the unfortunate many who have realised that the situation is far more bleak than just a ‘flash in the pan’, then you should know that even if your relationship breaks down, there is light at the end of the tunnel and with the right legal advice we can at least try to help you sort out your issues in a way which will allow you to focus on the future.
We are well placed discreetly within The Courtyard opposite House of Fraser and Argos in the centre of Solihull, and have expert family lawyers who can offer a sympathetic ear and offer you the right advice based on many years of helping others who have gone through similar but not identical circumstances.
We provide an initial free consultation to listen to your account and discuss all the options available to you – it might not be as bleak as it initially seems! If you feel that there are no options open to you other than to end your relationship, we have excellent fixed fee packages so that you can budget for the costs associated with such a difficult time
If you have realised that the holiday period is not a symptom but a sign of the end of your relationship, call Helen Morton at Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors on Freephone 0800 197 3560 or local call 0121 709 1918 to arrange a free initial consultation. For more information visit www.ehsolicitors.co.uk.