Southampton is a city on the south coast in Hampshire which is known for its links as one of the departure points for D-Day along with Portsmouth. It would have been the place where many young men last stood on British soil. Some of the largest cruise ships in the world depart from Southampton, such as Cunard and Royal Caribbean and it is well known as the largest passenger port in the UK.
Regular ferries operate to the Isle of Wight Terminal 1 Town Quay Dock Gate 7, Southampton SO14 2AQ. Red Funnel Ferries have been in business since 1820. They carry an incredible 3.4 million passengers to the island each year.
The city is also the second largest deep-water cargo port in the UK after Felixstowe. The waters around Southampton are always extremely busy, you could think of them like the runways at Heathrow Airport.
Southampton also has a large shopping centre and retail park. West Quay is a state-of-the-art shopping facility with almost a hundred retail shops – Pirelli Street, Southampton, SO15 1BA. Close by are three further excellent shopping centres as well as the traditional specialist shops making Southampton one of the top shopping destinations in the South of England. There are a good selection of shops in the area with the usual big chains as well as smaller individual retailers.
More things to do and places to see in Southampton
- Solent Sky Museum – the history of aviation in Southampton, which used to be the most important area in the country, and some say, in the World for aircraft both experimental and development work.
- Mayflower Theatre – Great shows and more convenient than traipsing into London, 26 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GE
- SeaCity Museum – if you are interested in The Titanic and her sister ship Olympic, this is the exhibition for you at Havelock Road, Southampton SO14 7FY
- Steamship Shieldhall – 110 Berth Southampton Docks, Southampton SO15 0HH – The ship is the largest working steam ship in Britain and she is a member of the National Historic Fleet. You can also take a trip on her and experience the age of steam.
- Tudor House and Garden – dip into the lives of the residents through the years. Family friendly and interactive activities. Bugle Street St Michael’s Square, Southampton SO14 2AD
- The Common – 327-acres of green space in the centre of Southampton which is also designated “Site of Special Scientific Interest”. Picnic, walk and watch the wildlife. The Avenue, Southampton SO15 7NN
Public Garden, Southampton
Southampton has many options for family law firms and divorce solicitors but here’s a few we’ve found
Chrissie Cuming Walters features in The Hug Directory
- Sousa Law – 16 College Place, Southampton, SO15 2FE – “Sousa Law is a niche firm of solicitors in Southampton, specialising in all areas of Family Law. All of our lawyers understand that relationship breakdown or the loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult and emotionally draining experiences for an individual.”
- Access Law Solicitors – 175–177 Shirley Road, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 3FG – “Our Southampton Family Law Team are very experienced in matters of Divorce, Care, Injunctions, Contact with Children, International Child Abduction, Family Financial Disputes, Civil Partnerships and similar issues – We endeavour to provide a reassuring and sympathetic response tempered by a realistic and practical approach to what are often difficult and emotional circumstances.”
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- Stillwells Solicitors – 6 Carlton Crescent, Southampton, SO15 2EY – they specialise in the family law area of Law and Probate and have a specialist wills and estate management team.
- Warner Goodman – they have offices in Fareham, Portsmouth, Chandler’s Ford and Waterlooville as well as Southampton at 8 College Place, London Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 2FF. Fun Fact: Thsi law firm sponsored A Zebra “Goodmane” from the Zany Zebra’s 2016 trial, where 47 large zebra sculptures were placed thoroughout Southampton City to raise money for the marvellous work which the charity Marwell Wildlife carry out. £103,560 was raised! Marwell Wildlife, Thompsons Lane, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH
- Paris Smith – This law firm have offices in Southampton at Number, London Road, Southampton, SO15 2AE and in Winchester at 9 Parchment Street, Winchester, SO23 8AT. “We have a large team of divorce lawyers based in Southampton and Winchester specialising in family work and we are ranked as the pre-eminent team in the region.”
If your relationship is breaking down – make a plan
Whatever the circumstances in which you have found yourself teetering on the edge of uncoupling, the same things apply; you need to have a plan. There are many strands to a partnership and you need to find the best way to untie the knot.
Pretending it’s not happening may, in years to come lead you to wish that you had been more assertive. However hard it may be, there are resources available to you, regardless of your financial situation. You may find yourself one of the many getting a divorce acting for themselves as a “litigant in person”.
Ally Ilott – Heritage Estate Planning & Will Writing
Many people believe that it is only important to look at your will after divorce. That is simply not true. When embarking on a separation or divorce it is vital that you speak to an expert to consider what could happen to your assets “during” the divorce process, should anything happen
Try not to panic. There are thousands of people who have been through this process and there will be thousands more. When things seem really tough, you must set yourself a goal and believe that they can only get better. You may end up in a different house, changing your career, or living with less money. Whatever happens, from now on you have to be adaptable and create positives.
Here at The Group Hug, you can find support from others by chatting in our safe forum. You will also find informative blog posts from experts.
It’s important to get financial advice when you are going through a divorce, separation or bereavement
“Dealing with finances can seem scary and complicated”
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.
Here’s your financial adviser for Hampshire:-
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.