Families. We all have them. And they’re rarely simple. We are, of course, in the 21st century and the time of the traditional family has long gone. The stereotype of people getting married and starting a family where they’ll have one boy and one girl has long gone and has been replaced by some much more diverse set ups. Step parents, single parents, adoptive parents, half brothers and sisters and all other kinds of blended families are the now. Slater and Gordon recently ran a survey and 15% of those people had at least one step-sibling. This of course means that family isn’t always blood which is represented by the fact that over a quarter of people (27%) defined family as ‘whoever you choose it to be’. And this is so incredibly true, for me anyway.
My family was relatively normal. My parents had me and my siblings pretty early on in life but we all grew up together, did some normal family things (to me anyway) but that kind of all fell apart when my parents divorced. Neither of my parents are with partners who have children of their own and so while I’ve not had any experience of step-siblings, it was certainly a possibility.
Growing up I used to try and spend as much time away from home as possible. I don’t really know why. I just always enjoyed ‘staying out’ and having that independence about me, and that’s still kind of what I’m like now. My family is pretty big and it can be hard to keep up and the whole family, even though we’re fiercely protective of each other, is actually pretty fractured. We’re all grown up, doing our own thing. People have split up and people have moved away or moved on.
However, I’m a grown up now with two children of my own and our lives couldn’t be much different to my family life. For a start I only have two children, whereas I’m one of four. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to take our boys on holiday and give them experiences I didn’t have as a child. And I just feel like I’m bringing up my children differently to how I was raised.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have some amazing family members but some of us just aren’t as fortunate. Sometimes things do go wrong. I’m not talking the normal family fall out but a full blown disagreement that might sometimes end in legal action. Things like this are usually the result of a marital breakdown or a death in the family. This happens all too often and of people surveyed 42% of them have required legal assistance in family law.
Slater and Gordon realise that sometimes, you can’t do it all alone, and sometimes, when difficult circumstances arrive, you need your #familymadesimple. Whether it is due to a loss in the family and you need guidance with executing a will, or you need confidential advice on moving forward with a divorce, they’ll be here to help you every step of the way. Things are complex, but they don’t need to be with Slater and Gordon’s Family Law services. And family should be just that. Family. Without complication and with lots of love.
*This is a collaborative post.