The New Year brings new challenges, excitement and opportunity, but it can also bring doubt and worry. Whether the ‘New Year, New You’ mantra comes about due to it simply being time, personal changes, or family changes beyond your control – it can lead to an opportunity to better your situation into the future.

New Year’s resolutions can be more wide ranging than the usual: get fit, lose weight and to quit smoking! Why not use this time to think about what changes are necessary for you to make your life fulfil your needs. We all only get one chance at life, so make it count.

When talking about family changes, there can be a lot to consider.

The practicality of this change can be very widespread. The impacts in respect of parenting, family and children, as well as financial matters are necessary to consider. These are areas that you may not know how to deal with. This is where obtaining assistance from suitably qualified practitioners, to inform you and assist you in your decision making is so important. Such practitioners include family lawyers, doctors, psychologists and family therapists, who can work separately or together, and should be guided by your needs.

If you feel the change has been forced upon you, by someone else’s choice/behaviour, this can be a very difficult time. You may not be looking forward in a positive way and it is always recommended you seek advice from professionals as you may need to.

Having worked in family law for many years it is my view that often knowledge and information can assist someone to obtain control of the situation they are in. Family law is an area that so many people have been through, and like pregnancy – everyone ‘knows’ of a situation like yours. It is in reality a highly complex area with suitable advice at an early state being so important to help set up workable arrangements, which may be able to assist with outcomes that are in everyone’s best interests.

At the end of the day, the New Year is a good time to consider what you are doing and why? And what you want in the future?  Seek advice and help as you need, and look forward to the future.