I am the Public Relations Officer for West Yorkshire committee of Resolution, an association of over 5700 family lawyers in England and Wales. Established 25 years ago, it promotes a non-confrontational, constructive approach to resolving family disputes. To find out more, visit http://www.resolution.org.uk/)
I set out below a press release issued today to provide assistance to couples who have to live apart but in the same household:
"Despite talk of an economic recovery, the recession is still making life hard for couples in Leeds wanting to move on after divorce, say local family lawyers as new online advice on living together post-divorce is unveiled.
Resolution, which represents 291 family lawyers in the Leeds area, says that continuing problems in the housing market are preventing divorcing couples from moving to separate accommodation after their divorce.
Family lawyer Rachel Spencer Robb of Leeds Resolution, said: "Selling the family home is often an important step for couples and their families making the transition from one home to two after divorce. But with limited mortgage deals, the increase in unemployment, and one in ten homeowners now in negative equity, selling up or moving on is easier said than done for many couples."
To help people in this situation, Resolution is today launching a series of online hints and tips for couples "living apart together" ahead of a national conference on the credit crunch and family law in London.
Rachel Spencer Robb continued: "Having made the difficult decision to split, it can be incredibly stressful for couples to then have to live together - and to not know when this property limbo will end.
"That's why we have launched these useful tips, available online or through your local Resolution solicitor, which outline some simple practical steps to dealing with debt, property issues and how to cope generally with living with your ex."
Here are some of the tips for couples "living apart together". For more tips, including those on dealing with debt and property, log onto http://www.resolution.org.uk/factsheets.
1. Try to agree some ‘ground rules' - especially around subjects that are likely to prompt argument. If you can't do this together - think about using a professional - such as a mediator - to help you to discuss and agree things calmly
2. Get short breaks from one another - a week-end with a friend, a day out - or even a short holiday will help you to see things from a fresh perspective.
3. If you can, try to stay cost efficient whilst you are still under the same roof. Continuing to share costs in regard to food, housekeeping items etc. will be better than doubling costs unnecessarily.
4. Play fair in regard to new partners or relationships - and don't expect to use your home as a base for entertaining! - this is particularly important if you are a parent.
5. Don't lose heart - no recession lasts forever - keep thinking creatively, get specialist advice in regard to finances, property and the lettings market."
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