Family Law Blog

3 April 2020

Resolving family disputes through mediation, arbitration and private FDRs during the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus crisis has brought about some of the biggest challenges to our lives, health and freedoms that many of us will ever experience. The pressures we face are significant while we also do our best to manage the impact on our relationships, mental health and financial circumstances.  It is important that we all try to communicate and do what we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and happy while acknowledging that the ways in which we can do this are very different to what we are used to. In this blog, we consider alternate dispute resolution methods (including online) that are available to help couples navigate a separation either with the support of a solicitor or on their own during this time.

Connie Atkinson

30 March 2020

Navigating relationships through the coronavirus crisis

We have now had our first week of living under the government’s rules on staying at home and away from others.  Weather-wise it has been a glorious start to Spring with beautiful clear blue skies but otherwise it has been the start of an unprecedented new and uncertain way of life for those living in the UK and elsewhere during the COVID-19 crisis. Marriages and relationships can be difficult at the best of times but we are now in completely unchartered territory. In this blog, Shirlee Kay, a therapist and couples’ counsellor, and Rachel Freeman reflects on how these challenging times can affect relationships and provide some suggestions as to how couples can best navigate relationships through this pandemic.

Rachel Freeman

26 March 2020

Coronavirus et auto-isolement: Que faire lorsque le danger est chez soi

Pour de nombreux d’entre nous, notre maison est un endroit où l’on se sent en sécurité lors de périodes difficiles, de moments de stress et d’incertitude. Mais pour ceux qui sont victimes de violences domestiques, leur maison est souvent un espace de violences, de danger et de peur. Selon les chiffres produits par le gouvernement, il est estimé que 1.6 million de femmes et 786,000 d’hommes en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles ont été victimes de violences domestiques l’année dernière,  un chiffre qui est alarmant. 

Stacey Nevin

24 March 2020

COVID-19: overcoming the challenges of co-parenting for separated and divorced parents

Following the government announcing restrictions last night for staying at home and away from others, further details have been published about the “lockdown” restrictions, which confirm that “moving children under 18 between their parents’ homes” is one of the permitted reasons to leave home. 

Rachel Freeman

23 March 2020

COVID-19 and self-isolation: what to do when the danger is at home

For many of us, home is a place of safety in times of difficulty, stress and uncertainty. But for those who experience domestic violence, home is often a place of violence, danger and fear. According to government figures, an estimated 1.6 million women and 786,000 men in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse last year, which is a staggering figure. Whilst highly sensible and necessary advice given the on-going coronavirus crisis, the government’s latest ‘social distancing’ rules, which are rapidly moving towards mass self-isolation, are at odds with its own figures illustrating just how prevalent the risk of domestic violence is.

Stacey Nevin

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