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Divorce in the time of Corona

June 05, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Our physical offices may be temporarily closed to the public, but we are still receiving a steady stream of new enquiries regarding divorce and separation. Lockdown seems to have compounded the relationship struggles many couples were already experiencing, or in some cases even provided the catalyst for the decision to separate. However, the family courts are also currently working at limited capacity, focusing on the most urgent cases, with children’s safeguarding issues as a priority, so some couples may feel as if they are stuck in limbo – wanting to separate but not sure how to proceed while everything is in shutdown. The situation is certainly difficult but not impossible, and the family law community is doing ...

Coronavirus Property FAQs – Mortgages, Rent & Moving House

June 03, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Since lockdown measures were put in place we’ve had a lot of enquiries about mortgages, rental properties, and conveyancing issues. And while the situation is obviously continuously evolving, our property team has put together some general advice for anyone concerned about the effect of Coronavirus on the following property issues. Mortgages If you are struggling to pay your mortgage due to loss of work or income, the Government has made agreements with mortgage providers to offer a three month mortgage holiday to those in need of support. This offer should also be valid for residential and buy-to-let mortgages, but may be subject to restrictions and eligibility factors, so in all cases it’s best ...

Zoom Mediation During Lockdown

June 01, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

With the current lockdown situation, we’re having to work around social distancing rules to make sure we can still provide our clients with as much as support as possible, and have found Zoom mediation to be a useful alternative for couples going through separation during quarantine. Mediation is an effective method of dispute resolution, enabling couples to discuss their situation with an objective third party mediator and try to come to a mutual agreement about how to proceed. As an out-of-court alternative, mediation focuses on collaboration and cooperation as much as possible, which feels particularly important right now as we are all grappling with the enormous changes to our personal circumstances. Mediation offers a solid basis for ...

Leaving Home After an Argument During Lockdown

May 18, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

According to the College of Policing (CPS), a ‘cooling-off’ period following an argument at home is likely to be considered a reasonable reason to leave home during lockdown. Updated guidelines on quarantine regulations from CPS provide a detailed list of what might constitute reasonable and unreasonable excuses to leave home, including information on exercise, shopping, helping others, and going to work, and dealing with a domestic dispute situation. Of course, police officers enforcing lockdown restrictions will consider each case on an individual basis and will “use their discretion and judgement in deciding what is and what isn’t ‘reasonable’ in the circumstances.” Wherever possible – and so long as it is safe for all those involved – it’s best to stay at home. However, ...

Lockdown Property & Conveyancing To Do List

May 11, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Lockdown may have ground many things to a halt, but we’re still very busy in our work-from-home offices, mostly helping out clients with conveyancing and property law issues. Of course, certain elements of the process have been put on hold – like viewings, removals, and transactions concerning occupied properties, but if you had plans to move house this year – or are feeling frustrated by the delays – here’s a handy checklist of things to do to prepare, and ways to help the process go more smoothly once lockdown restrictions are lifted. Property searches: As if you need an excuse to browse RightMove or Zoopla… You can obviously still carry out property searches online, and work with your conveyancer to make enquiries about ...

Co-parenting & Dealing with Child Arrangements During the Lockdown

May 06, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

Since the lockdown measures were put in place we’ve had lots of enquiries from separated parents asking for advice on the rules around children’s arrangements - and we are here to help so please get in touch! The current situation is new to all of us and there are many issues that are turning out to be particularly confusing or difficult to navigate for parents. Co-parenting after separation is challenging enough already, as there’s so much to think about both emotionally and practically for you and your children, but right now it’s even more difficult to know how to balance what is right for the children, how to adhere to existing children’s arrangements, and how to keep ...

Rise in Domestic Abuse During Lockdown

May 04, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The National Domestic Abuse helpline has reported a 700% increase in calls in a single day, and a 25% increase in requests for help since the UK went into lockdown, according to Refuge. Campaigners and charities have warned that the current restrictions are likely to exacerbate situations of domestic abuse. Visits to the National Domestic Abuse helpline website in March were 150% higher compared to the last week of February, and campaigner Rachel Williams has expressed concerns that homicides will also escalate as social distancing measures continue. Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge explained that many perpetrators already use isolation as “a tool of control” and this will undoubtedly have been made worse by the tension of lockdown, and the removal ...

Making a Will & Arranging Lasting Powers of Attorney

April 20, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

The world is pretty scary right now, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about the future. We’ve avoided posting anything about making wills or end-of-life care lately, because nobody needs reminding about the worst case scenario, but, as it turns out, we’ve had a lot of enquiries from people wanting help with these issues over the past few weeks, so perhaps it is something we should be putting out in the open and facing up to. So many of us feel powerless and confused and anxious about the developing Coronavirus situation, and it’s natural to seek out ways of feeling more in control about such an unknown and unfamiliar situation. For some, that means having peace of mind if the worst did happen.

Coping During the Covid 19 Pandemic

April 14, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

We know many of our clients are struggling with worries about the pandemic, and the changes to daily life caused by lockdown, so we would like to share the following advice from local psychotherapist Lyn Williams. We hope it's helpful to you, and we hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Living with Challenges We are currently living through challenging times; bombarded every day with distressing and negative news and images. We have to remember however, we are living with corona virus, not living for it. With this in mind, I have put together a few tips on how to manage your feelings and thoughts at this difficult time.

Maintaining Relationship Harmony During Lockdown

April 13, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

So, it looks like we may be staying home for the next few months… It’s a bizarre situation, and many of us aren’t used to being in such close proximity to our partner and/or family 24/7. And no matter how much you may love each other, you’re probably going to get on each other’s nerves at some point or another (if you haven’t already)... Despite all the rainbows-in-windows and sourdough starters going around the internet, the reality is that many people are finding this time fairly stressful. We don’t have our usual release valves – going out for a drink, meeting friends, playing sport, or even just going to work – and it’s understandable that relationships may feel under strain being cooped up ...

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