Legal Updates

20 April 2020

Moving abroad or returning home with children and the risks of child abduction during the coronavirus crisis

Despite the wonders of modern technology helping to keep people in touch during the coronavirus pandemic, many separated and divorced parents who live far from their children are finding life very difficult at the moment. In this blog, we look at some of these scenarios and the questions arising at this unprecedented time for separated parents who either wish to relocate or stop the other parent from relocating overseas (international relocation) or to another part of the UK (internal relocation).

Rachel Freeman

17 April 2020

Am I stuck with my divorce settlement after coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the world dramatically. It can feel as though the ground is shifting beneath your feet. If you are recently divorced, or are currently getting divorced, that feeling may be a familiar one. We can’t predict what the health implications of COVID-19 will be for us individually, or for the community we live in, but some economic effects are already being felt by many who have already either lost their jobs, been furloughed or had a reduction in income. In this rapidly evolving environment where people’s financial circumstances are changing, many are asking if their divorce settlement still applies. In this blog, which is the first in a series on the subject, we set out some preliminary guidance.

Jane Keir

16 April 2020

COVID-19: Surmonter les difficultés du partage des responsabilités parentales pour les parents séparés ou divorcés

Suite aux restrictions annoncées par le gouvernement hier soir imposant que chacun reste chez soi et loin des autres pour aider à gérer la crise du Coronavirus, des informations supplémentaires ont été publiés à propos des restrictions mises en place dans le cadre « confinement »,  qui confirment que « déplacer des enfants de moins de 18 ans entre les foyers de ses parents » est l’une des situations dans laquelle il est possible de quitter son domicile.

Rachel Freeman (Français)

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

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

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