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Coping with a broken relationship

January is widely known as the “break-up” month because more couples split up during this month than at any other time of the year.

It is believed this is because many unhappy couples have put off their break-up until after Christmas holidays.

There are numerous reasons given for this, but mainly it is an attempt to preserve through the holidays, the illusion they are happy, out of a desire not to ruin that time of the year for their families and children.

The start of a new year puts people into reflective phases where they tend to examine what is and is not working in their lives. Those self-examinations sometimes result in realisations they’re not at all happy in their current relationships.

To resolve these matters, every family will have its own individual needs to address and there are a number of things you can do to make this easier.

McGale Kelly family solicitor Aoife Laird said, “We recognise that separation or divorce can be extremely stressful for families experiencing these difficulties, particularly if children are involved and are impacted by their parents’ decision.

“​​​​Although daunting, taking the first step in relation to a marital breakdown is a necessary evil to achieve happiness within a family that has been experiencing a relationship breakdown. I tailor my approach to such matters depending on the client’s attitude and instructions. My mantra is usually that it is best to do things the “amicable way” with trying to reach agreement between both parties, where possible, without protracted and expensive court proceedings. This sometimes is not possible, but I keep the client advised every step of the way in terms of the direction the case is going in.”


We appreciate that contacting a family lawyer to discuss divorce, separation or child custody can be daunting. We have many years of experience and built a strong reputation for providing clear advice that is aimed at helping you through your difficult time. Speaking to our Solicitors will help to bring clarity about your situation.

Whatever the problem we will provide a sympathetic and practical approach to help you resolve the situation and move on with your life.

These are complex issues and will involve huge personal and financial decisions to be made. We can provide expert legal advice in the areas of divorce, separation, child contact and residence disputes.

Contact our friendly and trusted solicitors today.

For further information please give us a call on 028 8224 3621 or email: info@mcgalekelly.co.uk

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