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Goughs Solicitors offer expert advice on the steps to take when a relationship comes to an end

When a relationship or marriage comes to an end, it is bound to be a difficult and emotional time for everyone involved, particularly when it comes to families with children. Knowing where to turn and what to do, whilst protecting your children, is bound to leave you wrapped up in turmoil.

At Goughs Solicitors, we have many years of experience in helping families through this very difficult time to end in a positive result for the whole family. As a Resolution member, we place a strong emphasis on working towards an amicable agreement.

Whether you are the person looking to move things forward or have been faced with something you really didn’t expect, rest assured we are here for you. Our team of nationally accredited lawyers have put together some initial key advice so you are aware of your options, some of the mistakes people make early on, and how to avoid them. 

As all situations are unique, we would highly recommend that you book your free and confidential consultation so we can give you advice tailored to you. Consider couples counselling. It might be possible to save the marriage or improve communications. 

• Choose your lawyer carefully. A recommendation from a trusted friend, relative or colleague is worth a great deal. Also look for accreditations from reputable organisations that undertake independent reviews, such as Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. 

• Listen to your lawyer’s advice. You are investing in his or her expertise, after all. An experienced family lawyer will always give realistic guidance. 

• Be honest with your lawyer and your spouse about money. Don’t try to hide assets or understate the value of what you have. Doing this is likely to delay progress, cost more in legal fees and could lead to a carefully structured settlement collapsing when the truth comes to light. 

• Don’t involve the children. Hopefully they will enjoy a happy relationship with both parents if they’re not pushed into taking sides after a split. 

• Be patient. Divorce takes time – often you will be waiting for your spouse to respond to communication, or for the court to deal with a procedure. It can sometimes seem interminable, but you will get there. 

• And finally – be positive. There is life after divorce. You will benefit from the support of your family and friends, and there are many excellent therapists and support groups available. At Goughs we take pride in getting to know our clients and guiding them through the legal maze. At Goughs, we offer a free 30 minute no obligation consultation providing you direct access with one of our professional Family Law specialists.