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:

Our new article on school fees for Stay Connected magazine


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 violence: the hidden crime in lockdown

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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.




Divorce on hold: how a collaborative law approach can help avoid long court delays

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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.




Want a divorce? Why the new Bill will not make it quicker


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:

News focus: Family courts - a bumpy road ahead

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.


Seven Reasons People Stay in a Marriage That Doesn't Work

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


Super-rich divorcing couple are fighting over a £10,000,000 fleet of ships

Divorce settlements wealthy style.


McFarlane: normal family court business unlikely before spring 2021

It's going to be a long road back to fully operational.


Coronavirus lockdown divorce spike could boost property sales by £9.3bn

Another result of lockdown


Social distancing causes delays at regional divorce centre

20 weeks delay!


Lawyers' poems deal with trials of delivering lockdown justice

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!


Remote hearings for family courts 'horribly cruel'

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 rates will climb as lockdown lifts, lawyers say

Divorce rate rising in Belgium due in most part to lockdown.


Ant McPartlin is reunited with his beloved dog Hurley during lockdown

Ant sharing custody of his dog!


Parents fight in court over whether children should return to school in England

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


Bill backed to improve children’s role in family legal system

The Children (Scotland) Bill passed its first stage unanimously in Holyrood. It proposes to give the views of children more weight in family disputes


Survivors of domestic abuse told to give evidence in person at Commons

Video links for evidence to be ended this week! Why?


Family barrister becomes one of the UK’s first hijab-wearing judges

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!