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Lockdown & parental disputes over school

Although a second lockdown comes into force this week, there are some differences in the restrictions being imposed this time round. One of them being that children can still attend school. However, the current situation and uncertainty – coupled with…

The benefits of mediation during Covid-19

The Family Courts have been extremely busy during lockdown and adapting to a new system of telephone/online hearings along with illness from the pandemic itself has meant that they have had to prioritise certain hearings over others. Proceeding with a…

Can financial orders be set aside in the current economic downturn?

Covid-19 (coronavirus) has caused not only a devastating health crisis, but also an economic one. Even though lockdown restrictions are being lifted and employees are returning to work, it is seemingly accepted, nevertheless, amongst economists, financial experts and even the…

Cohabitation during lockdown – what are the legal implications?

After the government suggested that couples may like to lockdown together, many couples jumped into a cohabitating relationship far quicker than they might otherwise. But how many have considered the legal implications of cohabitation during lockdown? For example, if your…

What if my ex uses Covid-19 to delay divorce matters?

The Covid-19 pandemic has a wide-ranging impact on so many aspects of our daily lives and the family justice system has not been immune to being impacted. The Court has sought to make appropriate changes to its policies and processes…

Why domestic abuse is on the increase during lockdown

The media have reported an alarming increase in reports of domestic abuse in the weeks since the UK has been on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The reasons why domestic abuse is on the increase during lockdown may relate…

How To Manage Co-Parenting During Lockdown

During these unprecedented times, with lockdown continuing and uncertainty about how or when it will cease, it may be harder than ever to co-operate with an ex-partner over contact with your child(ren). In these circumstances, how to manage co-parenting during…

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