July 06, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
As Family Court delays stretch into 2021 (or beyond), private hearings may turn out to be a much quicker and cost effective alternative to resolving separation disputes and children's issues.
At the beginning of June the President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane published ‘The Road Ahead’, a guidance document to provide ‘a broad framework’ for the Family Court over the next six months and beyond, which suggests that delays in dealing with family law cases may extend well into 2021.
‘The Road Ahead’ looks at how the Family Court has handled social distancing, remote hearings, timescales for full operation, and dealing with the backlog of applications and cases that have been adjourned or delayed since the beginning ...
June 10, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
really only one piece of advice in this blog, which is this: use an
independent, professional, fully-qualified conveyancer.
Simple enough – or so you’d think – but unfortunately all too often people end up with an impersonal, incomplete, and costly ‘package’ service. On the surface, it may seem easier and more efficient to keep everything in one place, but there are a number of reasons why it’s worth seeking out your own local independent service instead:
get a fixed price. While other services may seem appear cheaper on first
glance, you’ll inevitably find there are additional charges for every form you
fill in, every signature, and every minor change to paperwork… At ...
June 08, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
the end of May, the Government updated their guidelines on moving home during
the Coronavirus outbreak, taking into account the changes to lockdown rules,
stating that people who wish to move home can now do so – providing they follow
the safety guidelines.
means that people are now able to view and inspect properties, conduct surveys,
hire removal services and move home, so long as it is safe to do so. Some moves
may be relatively low risk, for example if the property is already vacated, or
if all parties can safely avoid contact with one another, while others may need
special consideration or greater flexibility on dates to ensure everyone’s
and flexibility should be given to people ...
June 07, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
If your home is currently on the market, or you were
planning a move in 2020, you may be wondering what your next steps might be. With
all the uncertainty about when lockdown measures might be lifted, and how the long
term effects of the Coronavirus might impact all aspects of our lives, many of
our property clients are looking for concrete answers on how to proceed. And
while we may not be able to predict the future, we can give our best advice
based on our knowledge of the property market.
First, for context, it’s worth looking at where we were before lockdown began. Over the past few years there has been a considerable slowing of the property market ...
June 05, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
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.
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.
situation is certainly difficult but not impossible, and the family law
community is doing ...
June 03, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
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.
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 ...
June 01, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
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 ...
May 11, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
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 ...
May 04, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
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
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 ...
April 14, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
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.