Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage and is a painful experience for all concerned. It can be caused by a number of factors and is sometimes the only choice for two people experiencing extreme marriage difficulties. It is becoming increasingly prevalent and unfortunately is often begun by people who are totally unprepared for the consequences.
The process of divorce can have particularly damaging effects on children. Counsellors therefore place emphasis on the relationship between estranged parents, encouraging mutual support and respect in order to provide any children involved with the stability that a harmonious parental partnership would bring.
A marriage break-up can have far reaching implications, so it is often helpful for people coping with divorce to seek out professional help. We've provided a selection of divorce support help-lines and organisations that offer help and advice regarding all aspects of separation, including legal considerations.
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Coping with divorce - help-lines
Child Line - 0800 1111
Established in 1986, this famous charity organisation provides telephone help to children for issues including abuse, neglect and divorce. The helpline is available 24 hours a day and is manned by trained professionals and volunteers.
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
Their help-line is open 24 hours a day for confidential support and advice on any subject. They also provide over 200 branches that offer a face-to-face counselling service which may also be of benefit for those coping with divorce.
The site is devoted tooffering divorce support to anyone affected. They provide advice for teenagers, children and adults and also include practical information about the legal aspects. There's also a divorce counselling service.
This is another valuable resource for those going through the process of divorce. Their site contains a wide range of useful information such as a glossary of legal terminology. There's also a discussion board for individuals to make contact with others coping with divorce
Family Solicitors London
Twickenham based firm of solicitors that provide a sensitive and professional service for those going through divorce. They aim to resolve issues quickly so as to minimise both distress and costs. Client satisfaction and well-being is their primary concern.