We recognise that the last few months have been testing for many separated parents who have been co-parenting throughout the pandemic – with home schooling and juggling work and child care commitments between two households. With the uncertainty as to whether schools can safely reopen fully, some separated parents may well find themselves disagreeing on whether their child should attend in such circumstances.
Much has been written about the case of Barder v Calouori  AC 20 (“Barder”) in the initial stages of the COVID-19 lockdown. It was held out as the means by which maybe, just maybe, it might be possible to reopen a case where a substantive financial order has been made on the basis that the COVID-19 pandemic is an event which has invalidated the basis, or fundamental assumptions of the original financial order.
A summary of the key dates/events leading to the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
After the excitement of ‘Super Saturday’ on 4 July, seeing the opening of pubs and restaurants in line with the latest government legislation, we are once again left grappling with the introduction of new statutory measures setting out what liberties are being afforded to individuals and businesses as we creep out of life in lockdown.
Late last month the Chancellor announced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) that will come into force from 1 July 2020, giving employers more flexibility to bring back furloughed employees on a part-time basis (the “Flexible Furlough Scheme” (“FlexFS”)).
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