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Dealing With Relationship Issues In The Time Of “Lockdown”

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne


Lockdown” is a word that for some people has changed the way they work…

…less commuting, more time at home to spend with the family and in some ways a good if slightly unwelcome way to achieve a work/life balance.

For other people it’s less welcome.

Being at home with limited opportunity for ‘personal space’ can place a huge strain on relationships.

Little irritations can get blown out of proportion especially where there is a necessity to work and try and keep children entertained. For some people, ‘lockdown’ may prove too much – the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back and many lawyers are already seeing an increase in enquiries relating to Family Law.

We would always encourage people to try and work through their difficulties.

There are some excellent services such as Relate Northamptonshire who have experience in counselling people from different backgrounds, including LGBT couples.

They provide a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment to help people find a way through difficulties, by helping to identify the issues or problems they are facing in relationships, and move through a rough patch.

If your differences can’t be resolved and you see only one way out, you will probably need the services of a good Family Law solicitor.

There are a number in and around Northamptonshire and Leicestershire and knowing how to choose is largely down to a number of things – cost may be an issue; are they a specialist Family Law practitioners as opposed to a generalist; are they members of recognised bodies such as Resolution; are they suitably recognised by bodies such as the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation or The Legal 500; have they got a well respected reputation locally; and importantly, who will be doing the work in their team.

It’s important that you have a good ‘feeling’ about the person who will look after you – the relationship you have with your solicitor is crucial.

What about social distancing?

Even during lockdown, most law firms are finding ways to operate that minimise or even negate the need to come to an office so it’s really important to know that you can get help.

If you feel that you absolutely must meet, most firms, including us, are taking face to face callers by appointment, but I’d reiterate that this is generally not necessary.

We can’t speak for other firms but we are most definitely still here, we’re open, and we can help

Edward Rawlins


Edward Rawlins


Ed has over 20 years experience as a specialist advising on situations arising from the breakdown in relationships (marriage, civil partnerships and cohabitation) in respect of both children, finances and business assets. He is a member of Resolution and a Law Society Accredited Family Mediator.