Menu
Relationships in 'Lockdown: Part Two'

News / / Cardiff

On the 29 October 2020, The Times ran an article titled “Can your relationship survive the second wave?”. As Wales comes out of a “firebreak” lockdown on 9 November 2020, and England starts a month-long lockdown from 5 November 2020 - this is a very timely question to ask.

Relationships have been put under enormous strain as couples and families have had to adjust – from competing for space to work from home, to home-schooling, the loss of jobs, financial worries, living in close proximity of one another day in day out, having their mental health and wellbeing affected - all in addition to the worry of the pandemic itself.

All of these are key factors that push couples coping strategies to breaking point.

Increase in separation and marital breakdown

It is true that there has been an increase in the number of enquiries about bringing relationships to an end - whether that is a marriage, a civil partnership or couples co-habiting with one another.

There will be those people who decided that they would try living together during the first lockdown, a romantic gesture being in it together, but when reality dawned, realised that it wasn’t as romantic as they thought and are looking to recapture their independence only to be faced with yet another lockdown.

Of course, there will be those relationships that were already experiencing difficulties pre Covid-19 and had those differences magnified during the lockdown, reinforcing the need to bring the relationship to an end.

These are unprecedented times, which are having unprecedented effects on family life.

The perfect time to divorce?

There is never a “perfect” time to end a relationship but making that decision whilst ping-ponging in and out of lockdown can make it all the more difficult for many.

Thankfully, services to support families going through difficult relationships have adapted to the new Covid-19 world, with solicitors, mediation services and support services all offering advice and guidance remotely; whether that be over the telephone or through video conferencing. The courts have adapted to a new way of working digitally and whilst there has been hiccups along the way clients are able to make decisions about their relationship and plan for their future.

Our family law specialists

Our family team provide the support, care and specialist legal advice that will help you navigate your way through the process of bringing your relationship to an end in a constructive way; reducing conflict and helping you to re-build your future. We provide our clients with long-lasting solutions regarding financial matters and child arrangements protecting you now and in the years to come. Knowing that you have someone on your side whether you are in lockdown or in the post-lockdown era is the reassurance that you need - and the service that Ince prides itself on delivering.

_

For a consultation on any aspect of concern in your relationship, please contact Susan J Williams, Head of Family in Cardiff, on 07736 969 373 or email susanjwilliams@incegd.com.

Susan J Williams

Susan J Williams Partner and Head of Family Department

Related services:

Quick links

Laura Livingstone

“I really enjoyed dealing with Laura, it only took her one meeting with HR to get them on board with what I asked for.”

- Marina Duclos

Colette Kelly

“Ranked lawyer. Colette Kelly has a wide-ranging practice advising clients on POCA issues related to fraud and money laundering. She has notable expertise in relation to third-party recovery. "She has a good knowledge of the law, has a realistic approach to client positions, and offers pragmatic solutions." "She has good interpersonal skills and is dedicated to her matters and clients. She is able to deal with difficult, highly charged situations."

- Chambers and Partners 2021 Edition

Colette Kelly

“Ranked lawyer. Sources laud Colette Kelly as "incredibly bright, personable and dedicated." She continues to act for clients on complex POCA matters, and is particularly experienced in handling sophisticated confiscation proceedings relating to alleged money laundering.”

- Chambers and Partners 2020 Edition

Colette Kelly

“She is incredibly hard-working and industrious, she would do anything for a client. She gives them undivided attention. She explains the law very well to clients who have never been involved in these types of cases.”

- Chambers and Partners 2019 Edition