COVID-19: Coping with the challenge of living together after the breakdown of a relationship

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been felt by individuals across the world, changing our work, family and home lives. Unfortunately, the stress of the situation has put additional strain on many marriages and resulted in the breakdown of relationships.

With many of us now spending more time at home because of working at home recommendations, lockdown restrictions or even because of having to self-isolate, for many, the prospect of facing this reality with a former partner could be especially difficult.

Many people face the reality of continuing to live with a partner after the breakdown of a relationship, which presents unique challenges due to the nature of the coronavirus restrictions, meaning that traditional remedies such as spending time apart or counselling are not options.

So, how can you alleviate the pressure of living together after a relationship breakdown?

The first step is to seek help if you need it. This could come in the form of counselling, legal representation or mediation. Opening a line of communication with your former partner, whether this is in person, via video message, telephone or text messaging, could ease the conflict in a relationship breakdown.

Mediation can help to deal with the practicalities of a separation or divorce, without the need for a bitter court battle. With the coronavirus pandemic having a significant impact on many aspects of our lives, including childcare and finances, mediation could help you to find a solution that helps you to retain control of the separation process.

The benefits of mediation include:

  • Legal and court costs are minimised
  • You retain control of the separation process
  • Lines of communication remain open
  • Conflict and acrimony are reduced
  • Enables you to make cool-headed, objective decisions that are right for you
  • Impacts less on your children because of parental co-operation

Mediation is not usually suitable if you have suffered domestic violence or abuse from your partner.

At the Initial Meeting, we can discuss whether mediation is a suitable option for you. If another route, such as court proceedings is more appropriate, we will tell you and provide you with information on how to proceed.

If you would like to find out if mediation is right for you or you would like more information contact a member of our team today.