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New Year is the time when Relate receive the most phone calls from people looking for information & advice about how to manage relationship issues. It appears that the strain of spending Christmas with family can be a break point for many people, possibly fuelled by high expectations of the festive season and, for some, an increase in alcohol consumption.
Can your relationship be “repaired”? Counselling can often be the way forward. In some cases, talking through your issues, either together or separately, with an independent person can highlight your way forward. For some this will be ways to make the relationship work again but for others it may just emphasise that a split is the best way forward. Relate have a real life story on how counselling helped repair a relationship.
Relate may be able to help as they not only have face to face appointments, can “chat” online for up to 40 minutes for free. Bracknell Relate contact details can be found here.
You may be living together, in a civil partnership or married and in each case there are differences in how to manage the split. There may be housing issues, children to care for as well as finances, such as maintenance, benefits, debts or a future pension to consider. As a first step you may decide to come to Citizens Advice (CA) as we have a lot of information about the implications of splitting on finances, housing and so on. Note – CA cannot offer counselling.
Some frequently asked questions:
If you think your relationship, or that or someone you know might be a domestic abuse situation, this article from the Government gives details on how to get help.