Navigating through a separation during the Christmas season.

Navigating through a separation, especially during the Christmas season, can be particularly challenging. Michelle Crilly Family Law offers insightful advice and services to help individuals through this tough time. Here are some key points to consider based on the firm’s expertise:

Maintaining Contact with Children During Divorce: It’s vital to consider the emotional and psychological impact that separation has on children. Parents should strive to provide a stable and supportive environment, understanding the range of emotions children might experience, such as confusion, guilt, sadness, and anger. Legal aspects, like child custody and visitation rights, prioritise the child’s best interests. Practical advice includes maintaining open communication with children, keeping consistent routines, collaborative co-parenting, avoiding conflict in front of children, and seeking professional help if needed.

Separation & Maintenance: When a relationship breaks down, especially if children are involved, it becomes crucial to address a range of practical and legal matters. Michelle Crilly Family Law emphasises the importance of professional advice during these times. We commit to securing the best outcome for both clients and their children. This involves guiding clients through the complexities of legal proceedings and ensuring that their rights and needs are effectively represented.

Key Qualities in a Divorce Solicitor: Selecting the right divorce solicitor is crucial. The ideal solicitor should be empathetic, communicative, and skilled in negotiation and mediation. They should be able to guide clients through financial matters, child custody issues, and provide realistic assessments of the clients’ goals and expectations. Clear communication about legal jargon, processes, and costs is also essential. A competent solicitor can help clients navigate through the legal complexities, ultimately reducing stress and legal costs.

These insights from Michelle Crilly Family Law highlight the importance of emotional sensitivity, legal knowledge, and practical strategies when navigating through a separation, particularly during emotionally charged times like Christmas. It’s recommended to seek professional guidance to ensure the best possible outcomes for all parties involved, especially children.

For more information or to discuss your specific circumstances, feel free to contact my office.

Get in Touch today!

028 3833 4020

028 3839 2132

info@mcrillylaw.co.uk

Maintaining Contact with Children During a Divorce

Divorce is a challenging process, not just for the couple involved, but significantly for any children they may have. As a Family Law Solicitor, I, Michelle Crilly, have seen first-hand the emotional and psychological impact that parental separation can have on children. This article aims to shed light on the importance of maintaining contact with children during a divorce and offers practical advice for parents navigating this difficult journey.

Understanding the Child’s Perspective

During a divorce, children often experience a range of emotions, including confusion, guilt, sadness, and anger. They might feel torn between both parents or worry about the future. It’s crucial for parents to understand these emotions and provide their children with a stable and supportive environment.

Legal Aspects of Child Custody and Visitation

The legal system prioritises the best interests of the child when determining custody and visitation rights. As a solicitor, I advise parents to familiarise themselves with these legal concepts. Custody doesn’t just determine where the child lives; it also involves decisions about the child’s education, health, and general welfare. Visitation, on the other hand, pertains to how the non-custodial parent will spend time with the child.

Practical Advice for Parents

  • Open Communication: Keep the lines of communication open with your children. Encourage them to express their feelings and assure them that both parents will continue to love and support them.
  • Consistent Routines: Try to maintain consistency in their daily routines. Stability in their schedule can provide a sense of security during this time of change.
  • Co-parenting: If possible, work collaboratively with your ex-partner in parenting decisions. Presenting a united front helps minimise stress and confusion for the children.
  • Avoid Conflict in Front of Children: Shield your children from any conflicts or legal discussions. They should not feel like they have to choose sides.
  • Seek Professional Help: Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if your child is struggling to cope with the divorce. Counseling can provide them with a safe space to work through their emotions.

For more information or to discuss your specific circumstances, feel free to contact my office.

Get in Touch today!

028 3833 4020

028 3839 2132

info@mcrillylaw.co.uk

The Silent Crisis: Domestic Abuse Knows No Holiday Season

As the festive season approaches and the world gears up for relaxation and Christmas cheer, it’s important to remember that for many individuals, domestic abuse doesn’t take a holiday break. In a recent article by Niamh Campbell in Belfast Telegraph, workers and volunteers at Women’s Aid emphasised that “domestic abuse is every day of the year.” While December is traditionally known for its challenging and busy period for domestic abuse calls, Sonya McMullan, the regional services manager at Women’s Aid, highlights that the aftermath of the holidays can be an even more difficult time.

During the holiday season, many women choose to endure abusive situations for the sake of their families, particularly their children. They try to keep it all together, presenting a facade of holiday happiness, but the reality behind closed doors can be far from cheerful. Sonya McMullan notes that Women’s Aid has seen a clear pattern in their work – calls for help increase after Christmas, and referrals into their services surge as well.

This increase in domestic abuse incidents after the holiday season is a stark reminder that while advertisements depict Christmas as a joyful time, there are countless women living in homes filled with coercive control and various forms of abuse, including physical, financial, and economic abuse. Moreover, the ongoing cost of living crisis compounds these difficulties, creating a challenging environment for those already living in abusive situations.

The extended period that families spend together during the holidays can also exacerbate abusive situations. When people are forced to be in close quarters for a prolonged period, tensions can escalate, leading to more instances of domestic abuse.

It’s a tragic reality that women and children find themselves seeking refuge on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Sonya McMullan shares a poignant incident that occurred in Co Armagh on Christmas Eve, years ago. A woman in a high-risk situation, who had experienced physical injuries due to her abusive partner, had one concern in the midst of the crisis – getting her children’s Christmas presents to the refuge. Despite the emergency services being involved and her own injuries, she only cared about ensuring her children would wake up to Christmas presents. This heart-wrenching story highlights the lengths to which women go to protect their children, even in the most dire circumstances.

The article also provides a sobering statistic – there were 33,210 domestic abuse incidents in Northern Ireland in the 12-month period leading up to the end of June. Furthermore, 161 incidents were reported to the police on New Year’s Day 2022 alone. These numbers underscore the gravity of the issue and the urgent need for support and intervention in domestic abuse cases.

While the holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many, it’s crucial to remember that domestic abuse does not adhere to a calendar. The stories and statistics presented in this article by Niamh Campbell, with insights from Sonya McMullan of Women’s Aid, serve as a stark reminder that we must be vigilant and supportive year-round. Domestic abuse is an ongoing crisis that requires continuous efforts to provide help and resources to those who need it. If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic abuse or coercive control, reaching out to organizations like Women’s Aid is a crucial step towards safety and support.

Source- https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/women-and-children-in-ni-seeking-refuge-from-domestic-abuse-on-christmas-day-is-not-unique/a38434824.html

Testimonials

“I was extremely pleased that my case was carried out in a completely professional and efficient manner and throughout my case, I was treated with consideration and my Solicitor was particularly personable and friendly towards me”. - Anonymous
Michelle Crilly Family Law
5
2019-02-07T14:56:31+00:00
“I was extremely pleased that my case was carried out in a completely professional and efficient manner and throughout my case, I was treated with consideration and my Solicitor was particularly personable and friendly towards me”. - Anonymous

“We were extremely satisfied with your service and you kept us informed every step of the way during our case. Everything was dealt with efficiently and professionally. We would recommend this firm and thank you for all of your help throughout the case” - Anonymous
Michelle Crilly Family Law
5
2019-02-07T15:05:08+00:00
“We were extremely satisfied with your service and you kept us informed every step of the way during our case. Everything was dealt with efficiently and professionally. We would recommend this firm and thank you for all of your help throughout the case” - Anonymous
5
2
Michelle Crilly Family Law
Read All Testimonials

Family Law Solicitor Portadown, contact us today on 028 3833 4020 or 028 3839 2132

Get in Touch

If you think we can help out in any way, please fill in our enquiry form below and we will get back to you.