As the out-of-office goes on for the Christmas break, we hope that all our friends, colleagues, clients, collaborators and blog readers are looking forward to some quality time with loved ones over the next couple of weeks.

Sadly, we know that this isn’t the case for everyone. Even before Covid came along and changed plans for so many, we know that Christmas can be one of the most difficult time of the year for some families. Every year, January is our busiest time for new divorce inquiries.

If you or anyone in your family is struggling right now, we hope that the information and advice below will be helpful over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

Emergency advice and support

The offices of family lawyers usually close between Christmas and new year. However, if you are in an emergency situation and need support right now, there are a number of organisations and agencies who can help.

If you or a family member is in immediate danger, call 999.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

Further information is available on our ‘Injunctions and emergency relief’ page, including a video on what to do if your partner is violent and how to protect yourself and the family home from an abusive partner.

Advice for newly separated parents

Resolution, the national membership organisation for family justice professionals (lawyers, mediators, therapists and coaches) has produced a 21-page guide for families on parenting through separation. Resolution works with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Their guide contains advice and information such as age-appropriate ways to talk to children about separation and divorce, suggestions on how best to deal with different reactions that children might have, and planning ahead for the short and long term. Download the ‘Guide to parenting through separation’.

Some other articles you may find helpful:

Looking after your family’s mental health

Coparenting advice

Choosing a divorce lawyer and planning for family law solicitor meetings

The family home on divorce

Funding a divorce

Advice for grandparents

We hope you find this information helpful.

Speak to a family law solicitor

If you would like family legal advice or wish to speak to a specialist divorce solicitor, our offices re-open at 9am on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

These are the numbers to call from then: