Family Law Blog

Separation and Divorce for Christmas?

For many of us, the approaching Christmas break is a welcome escape from the daily commute or 9-5.  It is exciting that we will be taking the children to see Father Christmas or that we will be shopping until we drop and eating and drinking until we pop.  Many of us relish the thought of spending lots of time with our loved ones and the New Year focuses the mind on resolutions and exciting chapters ahead.  However, there are those that are disappointed during holidays and find that they are let down and neglected and their excitement and expectations are far from met.  There are those of us that are sad and disappointed with the behaviour of their partner or spouse or the perhaps deliberate absence of them from the hard work prep as well as all of the enjoyable festivities.   The New Year may bring thoughts of change for them individually and for their children too but the New Year resolutions suddenly do not include their current partner or spouse.  If you fall into the latter category, you are not alone.  January is considered the busiest time of the year for Family Lawyers and we fully expect to meet lots of new clients during this time.
If you are considering separation or divorce, please come along and meet with a member of Thomas Mansfield’s Family team.  We are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable.  If separation is inevitable we will expertly guide you through the process and actively encourage you to negotiate openly with your ex.  We will always encourage you to focus as a priority on the needs of any children of the family and to conduct matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way.  There are many ways of achieving a resolution to your separation and it doesn’t have to be a battle.  Please have a look around our website and review the options available as an alternative to the solicitor led negotiation route or the dreaded court route; which is collaborative law and mediation or simply round table meetings.
At Thomas Mansfield we fully appreciate that the costs of obtaining legal advice in these circumstances is a cause of great concern for most people, even those that consider themselves with a higher than average income.  Sudden and unexpected legal costs arising in a time of great emotional upheaval will of course be daunting.   In an effort to alleviate these concerns in so far as it is possible for us to do so, we are currently offering our new clients a free initial interview and, if you go on to instruct us, we will provide costs estimates at the outset as well as these being reviewed regularly and immediately following any milestone in your case.  Further, we will raise monthly invoices in accordance with the estimates we have provided so that you do not receive any nasty surprises along the way.  We are also able to advise you (where appropriate) of funding options if perhaps you have capital but a low income.
For further information, please feel free to contact a member of our team