The Divorce Bill, collaborative divorce, & domestic violence: our round-up of news for June 2020
If you missed what we’ve been sharing last month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
From our blog:
We’re delighted to have an article in the second edition of Stay Connected, the new digital magazine packed with features and advice for those still in lockdown.
Domestic abuse rates have risen in lockdown, hidden behind closed doors. As the UK restrictions are slowly lifted and more people return to work, now is the time to spot the tell-tale signs of domestic violence, abuse and coercive control in friends, colleagues and children.
As UK courts gradually reopen with a substantial backlog of cases to deal with, LGFL Director Anne Leiper explains how a collaborative law approach to separation can be less stressful, less costly and less time consuming.
Once the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act comes into effect, couples will finally be able to declare “The marriage has broken down irretrievably” and not need to allocate blame to either party. A no-fault divorce has been much anticipated but it comes with a sting in the tail of an extended timeframe for divorce proceedings.
From our social media:
Remote it is. In December, McFarlane said family lawyers were ‘running flat out up a down escalator’ due to the growing backlog of cases. Covid-19 has made that backlog worse but public law cases must still be completed within the 26-week statutory deadline.
It is possible to make a clear decision to divorce. If you feel stuck remind yourself that you always have a choice. If you do choose to leave your relationship be sure that you have made a well-thought-through decision.
Couple who spent £600,000 squabbling for two years over their divorce are left with just £5,000 each after legal costs
Settling fairly, with thought and sometimes compromise will mean your assets don't disappear.
Supporting Hampshire County Council’s plan for Children and young people living with domestic abuse
If someone in your family is hurting someone else, it’s important to get help.
Call Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line 𝟬𝟯𝟯𝟬𝟬 𝟭𝟲𝟱 𝟭𝟭𝟮
or Childline on 𝟬𝟴𝟬𝟬 𝟭𝟭𝟭𝟭.
It’s confidential and they will know how to help. Remember it’s not your fault and you won’t get into trouble for telling someone
Stop Domestic Abuse , Hampshire Constabulary
Divorce settlements wealthy style.
It's going to be a long road back to fully operational.
Another result of lockdown
20 weeks delay!
Love this one!
It’s all very well to do Zoom
but it’s better to be in the room.
One misses the ‘tells’
the ticks and the smells
there’s a danger injustice will loom!
There really is no 'one size fits all' to court hearings. In family cases which involve dispute resolution of complex often emotionally-charged issues court provision delivered by video or phone is never going to be an adequate substitute for face-to-face contact.
Divorce rate rising in Belgium due in most part to lockdown.
Ant sharing custody of his dog!
It's difficult for parents to know what is right" so it's leading to parents fighting in court over whether children should return to school in England
The Children (Scotland) Bill passed its first stage unanimously in Holyrood. It proposes to give the views of children more weight in family disputes
Video links for evidence to be ended this week! Why?
Diversity in action in court.
LGFL is 12!
After three months working remotely, we celebrated our 12th anniversary with a social distanced meeting and a delicious afternoon tea delivered to our Wyvols Court office.
What a journey we have had. The company started in a recession (unintentionally we might add!) and year on year, we’ve grown from strength to strength. The secret of our success? We’ve focused on what we are good at, family law, and remained boutique.
Here’s to the next 12 years!