23rd Dec 2021

Christmas and Lockdowns Can Put Pressure on Relationships

As with 2020, the majority will be happy to say goodbye to 2021 and the ongoing fallout from the pandemic. The New Year traditionally presents an opportunity to ‘take stock’, reflect on what has been good, or not so good, in the preceding year and commit to making positive changes.

The lockdowns and restrictions on physical movement have placed a magnifying glass on personal relationships. The need for time and space where relationship dysfunction is present has often not been possible to accommodate, creating a ‘make or break’ scenario with some couples being able to repair an unstable relationship and others deciding to call time.

The joy of Christmas, particularly for children, will surely never wane, but the festive season also brings its own pressures and has often sadly been the precipitator of relationship failure. Does the prospect of extended family time give rise to negative rather than positive emotions? Christmas creates additional financial pressures which could be the final straw in families where such issues already exist. It is also sometimes only when the treadmill of daily routines, and the distractions that come with them stop, that unhappiness within a personal relationship comes to the surface. The expectation of a ‘joyful’ Christmas not realised may result in reflection on personal relationships, and the future of them.

Change, particularly within personal relationships, is often hard to contemplate and even harder to action. There are inevitable legal processes to consider and important decisions to be made about the future as a separated family, primarily around children and financial arrangements, but with the right advice and support it doesn’t have to be an emotionally and financially costly process.

Berwins’ specialist Family Law team has particular expertise in Dispute Resolution options, including Collaborative Family Law, providing a constructive and conciliatory ‘out of court’ process for resolving matters in which it is the client, not lawyers or Judges, who decides what the priorities and objectives should be. This is all hugely important particularly when children are involved, as whilst the relationship may not endure, parental roles do and future cooperation and positive communication about child arrangements is of pivotal importance.

We provide services tailored to meet your specific needs. All too often people in these circumstances can feel ‘processed’ by lawyers and be left in a situation which they do not want. We will look after you and your interests in the way that best meets your needs and aspirations so that you can look to a positive future.

William is on hand to help support you in all your Family Law needs. To get in touch with William, simply call 01423 543103, or email him at WilliamKaye@Berwins.co.uk.

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