Will you be participating in divorce month?

Divorce might not be the first thing that springs to mind just after Christmas but if you or someone you know has had a ‘not so festive season’, we’re here to help.

January is often referred to as divorce month by many UK family lawyers. Spending longer periods of time together which can lead to more arguments, financial worries and coming together of relatives coupled with the New Year, encouraging people to think about the future, are often triggers for contemplating divorce or separation.

Regardless of the time of year, dealing with the breakdown of a relationship can be difficult and knowing what your rights are or where to get help can only add to this.

Luckily, at North Ayrshire Citizens Advice Service, we can provide you with guidance and information on the practical steps you need to take.

If you have decided to separate or end your marriage, there will be a number of issues to sort out such as living arrangements, child responsibilities and financial commitments.

You may not have even thought about all the people you might need to tell such as your landlord or mortgage lender, your council tax office, any benefits office, gas, electricity and phone companies, insurance companies, your doctor, your dentist, your children’s school and your bank.

Where to get help

Citizens Advice Scotland have produced a number of handy fact sheets depending on your circumstances when you are experiencing relationship problems in Scotland which include information on financial arrangements, children, housing rights, help with legal costs and mediation.

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Of course if you can’t find the information you are looking for or wish to speak to someone in person, you can get in touch with us and speak to one of our advisers.

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