Posted on 2nd July 2009

Recession Help for Divorcing North East Couples Unable to Move Out

Despite talk of an economic recovery, the recession is still making life hard for couples in the North East wanting to move on after divorce, says Judith Middleton at Latimer Hinks solicitors.

Judiths comments come as new online advice on living together post-divorce is unveiled.

Resolution, which represents more than 5,700 family lawyers nationwide, says that continuing problems in the housing market are preventing divorcing couples from moving to separate accommodation after their divorce.

Judith, who is Resolutions Tees Valleys spokesperson, 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.

Judith, who is a Partner at Latimer Hinks, added: 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.

Thats why we have launched these useful tips, which are available online or through your local Resolution solicitor, to outline some simple practical steps to deal 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

1. Try to agree some ground rules especially around subjects that are likely

to prompt argument. If you cant do this together think about using a professional such as a mediator to help you to discuss and agree things


2. Get short breaks from one another a weekend 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 dont expect to

use your home as a base for entertaining! this is particularly important if you

are a parent.

5. Dont lose heart no recession lasts forever keep thinking creatively, get

specialist advice in regard to finances, property and the lettings market.

Resolution is an association of more than 5,700 family lawyers in England and Wales. Established 25 years ago, it promotes a non-confrontational, constructive

approach to resolving family disputes. Judit Middleton is an accredited member and regional spokesperson for Resolution.To find out more, visit

Resolution will be running a one day conference entitled Coping with the Credit

Crunch: Strategies and Tactics in London on 3 July 2009

Resolution press inquiries: Leonora Merry, Resolution Communications Officer: 020 7407 0827/ 07971 300 024