Sadly, while the Christmas period is supposed to be a time for families to get away from work or school and enjoy the holiday season together, it’s also a time when the family unit can fall apart.
Each year we receive a large number of new Family Law enquiries in January and February from very recently separated couples. Whilst it’s not entirely clear why this time of the year has such a spike in these new enquiries, it is a trend we have noticed for some time now.
Generally between Christmas and New Year and in the early parts of January it can be difficult to get in to see a Family Lawyer as this is the time that many lawyers and law firms are on leave and closed. Even the courts take a break during this period.
Beware of making sudden or rash decisions immediately after separation
There are a number of important decisions that are often made very quickly after separation, such as
- Whether to leave the house or stay
- Urgent financial support
- Where the children will live
- Cancelled holiday arrangements
It’s very important that, before making any serious decisions, you obtain legal advice from a specialist Family Lawyer.
Every situation is different and it’s important that you receive that advice to ensure that in your particular circumstances you make the right decisions to help give you the best chance of both protecting your rights while also resolving disputes as amicably as possible.
Our offices close from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open from 8.30 am on Wednesday 3 January 2018.