Ipswich is a town in Suffolk set on the River Orwell. Its waterfront is lined with cafes, galleries and shops, and the 19th-century Old Custom House, which recalls the city’s maritime history (IP4 1BY). Next to Christchurch Park (IP4 2BX), the 500-year-old Christchurch Mansion has a Tudor kitchen and the Wolsey Art Gallery (IP4 2BE).

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Ipswich has its borders on the edge of two areas of natural beauty, the Suffolk Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale. In the Tudor period it was an area which was particularly famous for the wool trade and to this day, many of the beautiful Tudor buildings are still standing.

What to do in Ipswich

  • Ipswich Transport Museum – Cobham Road, Ipswich IP3 9JD
  • Holywells Park – a 67 acre park with a Grade II listed Orangery and children’s play area – Cliff Lane, Ipswich IP3 0
  • Alton Water – The largest manmade reservoir in Suffolk at Holbrook Road, Ipswich IP9 2RY

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The town also has an impressive Marina at New Cut East, IP3 0EA. In 2016 The University of Suffolk was formed and it is very nicely located on the waterfront; a lovely place to study at Waterfront Building 19 Neptune Quay Ipswich IP4 1QJ, Ipswich

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Relationships are not all plain sailing and if you are heading towards a divorce you might want to get some initial advice from one of Ipswich’s divorce solicitors:

  • Gotelee Solicitors – 31-41 Elm St, Ipswich IP1 2AY – they also have offices in Felixstowe, Framlingham, Hadleigh and Woodbridge “Gotelee is the largest purely Suffolk law firm and is proud of its heritage in the county.”
  • Kerseys Solicitors – 32 Lloyds Ave, Ipswich IP1 3HD. The firm also have an office in Colchester. “Experienced and sympathetic people dedicated to helping clients through serious family troubles.”
  • Prettys Solicitors – Elm House, 25 Elm St, Ipswich IP1 2AD – “Family issues often involve complex emotions, especially when changes in your family’s circumstances result in legal difficulties.”  

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Divorce and your children

For most people, when they walk down the aisle, divorce is the last thing on their mind. The wedding was tricky enough to plan, but the separation or divorce, well that’s even more complicated.  You may have had some stress when you tied the knot, but untying it, well that’s another story and one which may require legal intervention in the form of a firm of Family Solicitors, McKenzie Friend or a bloody good book!

Family Lawyers & Courts

Being a Family Solicitior is pretty lucrative as apparently 48% of marriages end in divorce for a variety of reasons.  From affairs or domestic abuse, to unreasonable behaviour in the form of alcoholism or using recreational drugs; marriages can last a few months right up to many years. 

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It is well documented that the Family Courts are in chaos. As of 1st April 2013, Legal Aid for divorce cases in England and Wales was withdrawn by the government. Legal Aid funding is not allowed for divorce or family law cases unless the party applying is a victim of domestic violence. The rules are very strict and it’s all means tested. In many cases, the applicant has to be on what’s termed a “passporting benefit”, which is a benefit the applicant is receiving purely because they have no assets or other income. 

Legal Aid

With legal aid unobtainable for the majority, this leaves many people acting as LIP’s (Litigant in Person) in the courts and with very little legal knowledge, Judges are left guiding these poor folks through court cases where they don’t have the correct paperwork and documents or through cross-examining their ex. It’s sheer courtroom drama. Read the rest of this article on divorce and getting legal advice

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  • Norringtons – 48 High Street, Ipswich Suffolk IP1 3QJ – “This business was started in 1979 and we now have clients all over the UK but predominantly in London and the South and East of England. Our background is entirely independent and we have never had an affiliation to any product provider.”
  • Swallow Financial Planning – 25 St Helens Street, Ipswich IP4 1HH
  • KGS Financial Advisers – Friars House, 2 Falcon Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1SL “We are independent financial advisers, so provide fully independent advice. If you are looking for a new arrangement, or just need advice about what you already have, our advisers will be able to help you.”
  • Brewin Dolphin – 2nd Floor Fraser House, Museum Street, Ipswich IP1 1HN – “the team includes experienced investment managers who can deliver clear and individual advice tailored to your circumstances and attitude to risk.”

“Dealing with finances is scary”

If you have never been the one to deal with the finances, it can all seem a very daunting and complicated. However, a good financial advisor will put everything into plain English and explain so you understand. There is no point shying away from financial planning because it seems “scary” – you have to take the bull by the horns and face up to it. You will feel uplifted when you realise that things are no so complicated afterall.

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Whether you have money or not, what you are striving for is probably financial stability and a new life. Whether you are buying a home or renting, things have changed. Many people are opting to rent these days, so don’t think you are a failure if you don’t own your own home.  Who knows what the future holds? Life is full of surprises. You don’t know if you will meet a new partner, or win the lottery. Live in the now, but plan for the future. Read the rest of this article about starting over financially.

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