Relationship breakdown advice – The start of the New Year, particularly a new decade, is for many people the time to make major decisions about the future and their relationships. It is said that the number of divorces spikes in the second week of January but in reality, it tends to be at the end of the month when the bills from Christmas come in.

Making any major decision is very stressful especially if it involves unravelling a relationship.

At Roper James, we are here to provide you with the most appropriate relationship breakdown advice. Our family lawyers are members of Resolution First for Family Law and follow their code of practice, which promotes a constructive approach to family issues. Further details about Resolution are available here

Whether you are separating from a husband or wife, civil partner or cohabitee, one of the best ways to reduce the stress and uncertainty in any situation is to get advice. Friends and family can be a great source of support, but they may find it difficult to be objective.

At Roper James, our family solicitors have many years’ experience helping reduce the stress and anxiety. As accredited specialists in family law we have the expertise to guide you through the process whether your assets are modest or substantial. As members of Resolution First for Family Law we are committed to resolving disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational way.

Having some clear practical, professional relationship breakdown advice at the outset can help you start off in the right direction. It will help to visualise your future, but it is important be realistic about it.  If you are able to agree between you how to divide any assets that is clearly the best way forward, but it may be important to have that agreement recorded either in a formal court order where appropriate, or set out in writing so that it is clear. Having some advice about the agreement you have reached could provide reassurance that it is “right”

There may be children, property, investments, pensions and so on to be considered. Thinking about what you want to achieve and having a plan will help your solicitor to give you the most appropriate relationship breakdown advice.

It is also helpful to think about the type of legal service you need. At Roper James we are able to offer a range of options from providing advice as and when required to dealing with all the steps required on your behalf. We will provide you with a written estimate of the cost for the work you ask us to carry out on your behalf and the likely time scale. If you have any questions about the work your solicitor will be doing on your behalf or you are unsure about the next steps don’t be afraid to ask.

Our Family team can advise you about the best option for you personally. For further information please contact Teresa Cussen at Roper James on 01752 546448 or email  to arrange an initial consultation.

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