Dealing with the practicalities of relationship breakdown

When a relationship has broken down there are many issues to be considered and practicalities that need to be dealt with. Typically, this may include:

  • Living arrangements for children and the maintenance for them.
  • Housing.
  • Money.
  • What benefits to apply for.
  • Professional help from a solicitor or elsewhere.
  • How to sort out practical arrangements.
  • How to communicate effectively.
  • Who to notify.

These concerns will also have to be considered on top of all the emotional issues you may face as a couple, making the process stressful at times.

While a couple can have an informal arrangement that doesn't have to be in writing, it is recommended that there is a more formal long term agreement to protect both parties.

Who can help?

Family mediation is often the best way to deal with issues concerning children, the family home and money. It's quicker, cheaper, and easier than going to court, but does not attempt to reconcile a couple.

Your local Citizens Advice will be able to provide free information, although you may wish to search the Law Society website for a solicitor that specialises in family and relationship issues.

Seafarers' Advice and Information Line (SAIL) is the only Citizens Advice dedicated to Naval Service Veterans. They provide expert telephone and email advice and can give you free information on the practicalities of relationship breakdown.

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