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A legal helping hand at a time of need

At Gregg Latchams we very much believe in supporting couples as they navigate their way through the legal aspects of a relationship breakdown. The couple often feel overwhelmed and daunted, leaving them with little or no energy to find out where they legally  stand.

Splitting up or going through a divorce is one of the most stressful events a family can go through, so it’s only natural to feel uncertain about what your next steps should be. In particular, if you are not married and if there are children involved. There is a common misconception that people living together have legal rights similar to married couples as they are in a “common law marriage”. Sadly, this is not the case.

In many cases of a relationship breakdown there are children involved. Research shows us that children cope better when their parents are more co-operative with one another and the children themselves are included at every stage to provide the reassurance they need. Written parenting plans can also help as they create transparency for the whole family. The children know when they are spending time with each parent, who’s taking them to out of school activities, who they will be spending school holidays with and so on.

With relationship breakdown comes financial worries too. Whilst children may worry more about leaving the family home or changing schools, their parents will take on the burden of having less money and dividing assets. Whatever the issue, it’s a worry you have to deal with at some stage so by keeping communication channels open and being civil throughout can have a massively positive effect on the outcome.

We recognise the importance of all the factors contributing towards this difficult time and we’re here to help point you in the direction of appropriate professional help and advice. For example, counselling may offer a coping mechanism for you, or provide a trusted environment where you can express your feelings or worries. We all know the cliché ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ and in these circumstances it is so true. Be it alone or as a couple, this can be an effective way of finding a resolution, or in most cases helping you to reach a positive outcome or solution.

The good news is help is at hand. We’re supporting useful booklet that draws your attention to the possible services and sources of information available to you, saving you the time and trouble of researching who to go to and more importantly what your legal rights are. The booklet, titled Relationship Breakdown, will be available from the end of July at 65 GP Surgeries in central Bristol and surrounding areas.  It will cover topics from counselling and mediation to collaborative family law, and domestic violence, right through to financial issues associated with divorce or separation.

The booklet will be a valuable source of information for all the useful contacts you may need during the process of divorce or separation, including: Citizens Advice, Shelter, Relate and the Family Mediators Association, plus much more.

Central Bristol GPs will receive the majority of booklets, and given our offices in Queen Square are a stone’s throw away from the BS1-BS9 postcodes we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss and support you on all legal matters. Research and statistics tell us demand for this type of information to hand is needed more than ever, so we hope this booklet will provide the answers you are looking for.

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The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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