Having to go through separation/divorce can be classed as one of the most stressful experiences in your lifetime.
Some would say that it is far more difficult to cope with than the bereavement of a close family member or friend – it is a ‘living bereavement’.
Whilst there are grave concerns about the impact of the cuts to family legal aid that come into force in April 2013, thankfully there is help at hand for those of you who will not qualify for family legal aid as a result of the cutbacks and cannot afford the services of a solicitor.
The Government has launched an online application/website for separating couples to give you much needed help, support and guidance. It covers the following topics with useful contact information, tools, videos and links to help you make informed decisions after a break-up:
- Children & Parenting
- Money & Finance
- Relationships & Conflicts
- Work & Benefits
By answering a series of questions, the web app will give you a personalised action plan. Click here to check out the new sorting out separation web app.
However, where you are unsure about your respective rights and responsibilities or where there are complex issues arising out of your separation, a word of caution, it is always sensible to get specialist legal advice. Many solicitors offer an initial fixed fee service, which can prove to be invaluable.
To help you and your ex-partner have a dignified and amicable separation allowing for future co-operative parenting, family mediation, when suitable, can be a better way of reaching out of court agreements.
- Damming Family Legal Aid Cuts (sushmakotechafamilymediation.com)