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Staying positive whilst navigating a relationship breakdown

The month of April brings lighter evenings, the joys of Spring and the Easter celebrations and holidays. Amidst these positive shifts in the year it may be hard for some to notice or feel uplifted when facing a relationship breakdown, divorce and possibly arguments about the arrangements for any children.


If you do find yourself in this situation how can you try to stay positive?  Here are five top tips:


  1. Take early legal advice from a specialist family lawyer. Knowing more about how your situation would be treated legally, and finding out about your options, should help you feel more in control.


  1. Try to keep communications with your spouse/partner polite and constructive, even if the communications you are receiving are not helpful. A breakdown in communications has the potential to escalate and cause unnecessary hurt, legal expense and delay.


  1. Find a safe space to seek support for yourself emotionally. You may choose to work with a therapist or counsellor, and/or spend time with family and friends.


  1. Take early financial advice from a financial advisor. You may not feel up to speed with the household finances if your spouse/partner dealt with this so getting information and advice about your finances should help you feel more on an even footing.


  1. Consider taking some time out, even just a day, to do something nice for yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but something you would find a treat to lift your mood.  This could be a country walk, a visit to a spa or just a long bubble bath and reading a good book.


If you would like more information or need help or advice about a family law matter or family mediation please contact Sarah French on 01962 841484 or