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.
After decades of campaigning, predominantly by family law practitioners, The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill finally received Royal assent and became an Act of Parliament on 25 June 2020. In the biggest shake-up of divorce laws for 50 years, the move towards “no fault divorce” is long overdue, and a welcome change which is aimed at reducing the impact that the requirement to apportion blame in divorce petitions can have on couples and their children.
Most divorces involve tensions and a certain amount of conflict. Divorces which are ‘high conflict’ are different. This blog explains some of the common features of high conflict separations and how these difficult circumstances can be approached effectively.
Jordan Williams, wealth manager at Artorius, and Abby Buckland, Senior Associate in the family and divorce team at Kingsley Napley, believe that a collaborative approach to preserving family wealth at an early stage is necessary. In this blog, they share some of the practical ways in which family wealth can be preserved in the event of divorce or death.