New Year….,New Start

louiserichardson_may2016-0005 Louise Richardson has been helping her clients navigate the separation or divorce process for over twenty five years. She started out at Milton Keynes in Bedford before returning to Cheshire. She worked for an established firm in Knutsford for twenty-four years before, in 2014, joining and becoming a director of the firm started by her husband in 2008.

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There is a popular belief, and some evidence, that the beginning of a New Year, following a Christmas break, is the peak time for couples to decide to separate or divorce.

My own view and experience is that no one makes that momentous decision over a two week break.  They have often been considering it for many months if not years, writes Louise Richardson.

For many of us the Christmas period, like our summer holiday, is a point in the year that we aim and plan for.

The time immediately afterwards feels like a good time to make a new start. This probably harks back to our school days and the beginning of new school terms.

So, if someone has been unhappy for some time, they may set themselves the target of doing something about it at this time of year.

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One client of mine said that it was the decision that she was ‘not having another Christmas like that one’ again that led her to come and see me for advice about separation or divorce in January 2016 having been considering it for some time.

There is a wealth of information available about divorce and separation.

There are a number of different approaches to the way you can deal with the process: –

  • You can choose to reach an agreement in discussions around your own kitchen table.
  • An independent impartial mediator may help you both to make your own arrangement.
  • Using the collaborative law process, you would each have your own specialist, trained, collaborative lawyer beside you in around-the-table discussions to reach your own bespoke solution.
  • For some people the traditional, solicitor-led negotiations are the way forward.

 

Experienced family lawyers, who are members of Resolution, will be able to guide and support you through the process.

If negotiations fail to lead to an agreement, or if your circumstances make it necessary, then an application to the court will be required.

A full and final settlement should almost always be formalised into a court order either by consent or following contested court proceedings leaving you both secure in the knowledge that all claims have been finalised.

Louise Richardson has been helping her clients navigate the separation or divorce process for over twenty five years.  She started out at Milton Keynes in Bedford before returning to Cheshire.  She worked for an established firm in Knutsford for twenty four years before, in 2014, joining and becoming a Director of the firm started by her husband in 2008.

“Each of my clients is an individual with their own unique circumstances and priorities.  They do not want a one to one size fits all approach to their situation.  My advice is always tailored to the needs of my client and they are able to deal with me personally rather than through a large ‘team’.”

Louise and the property law arm of the business ‘Richardson Law’ are having their own ‘new start’ at the beginning of 2017 as they are moving from their existing premises 84 Chapel Lane, Wilmslow to larger premises at Sycamore House, 10 Manchester Road, Wilmslow.  All the contact details remain the same. www.richardsonlaw.org.uk

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