These are difficult and unusual times for everyone, but for those who are separated or their relationship is breaking down, it can be even more trying.

Many people might have already agreed to separate but continue living in the same home until it can be sold.  This is never easy but, under normal circumstances, it is possible to get out and socialise with family or friends.   It is important to have ground rules about occupation of parts of the house and use of the television and computer.  Try to agree in advance before it becomes a flashpoint.  Try to avoid any conflict if possible, even if it means biting your tongue.  Be respectful to each other.

This period may cause cracks which were already forming in a relationship to grow and cause it to break apart.

Relationships can become very toxic.  If you feel unsafe, we can take steps to help protect you and your children.

For separated parents, this period will be hard.  Children may have to remain in the care of one parent through self-isolation or enforced lockdown.  Children should be actively encouraged to remain in regular contact with the other parent by telephone or video messaging.

Financial arrangements will cause anxiety.  The economy will recover but there may  be longer term effects on businesses and employment.

How we can help you

At Harrogate Family Law we are committed to helping people take steps towards a happier, healthier future.  We continue to offer our services to those who need them, with client meetings taking place by video and cases progressed mostly using the phone and email, so are continuing to resolve cases for our clients.

If you would like to talk through your situation and get advice about the options available to you now or in the future, we are here for you. We offer a free initial chat with one of our friendly solicitors, who can then arrange a telephone or video appointment, to discuss your situation in more detail.  We can do this at a time to suit you when you can talk privately without your children or partner around.

Call us today on 01423 594680 for a free initial chat  with one of our friendly solicitors.

Laura Mounsey is a family lawyer with experience of working on cases involving properties, trusts, businesses and pensions.  Laura is a dedicated and talented lawyer who has been recognised with a “Safe Pair of Hands” Award.

Everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon.  If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing