Struggling couples are offered free advice

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PRACTICAL support is being offered to families in the midst of a marriage breakdown.

While Christmas and the new year is a happy time for many, East Hampshire and Havant Citizens’ Advice Bureau staff say they see an increase in the number of people coming to them for relationship advice.

Jon Stuart, chief executive, said the holiday period can put added strain on couples.

Partners can buckle under the increase pressures of spending more time together.

In some cases, couples decide to stay together just for Christmas and then go their separate ways in the new year.

Advisers are available to give confidential guidance on money, housing, access to children and debt.

Mr Stuart added: ‘Our advisers are trained to deal with what is a very stressful and emotional time in many peoples’ lives. With so much to consider it just helps to go through the process with someone who is not emotionally involved.’

There are offices in Leigh Park, Waterlooville and Petersfield.