Family Law - Coronavirus Update
We know that emotions will run high over the coming weeks and months and you may reach a point where you just need to get some advice on what your options are. To help clients who wish to start divorce proceedings we are now offering an initial telephone advice appointment for a lower fixed fee. This will enable you to make progress with your divorce from home, with correspondence dealt with by phone and email to progress your matter.
The majority of the Family Law team are now working successfully from home, with full access to the systems they need, so minimal disruption to our service is anticipated. Our main switchboard will continue to operate as normal and the vast majority of our normal administrative functions will still operate.
Child Arrangement Orders /Contact Orders
As of Monday 23rd March, while children should not normally be moving between households, the government recognise that this may be necessary when children who are under 18 move between separated parents and this is still permissible. Things may change if we enter a full lock down situation but we will update you as soon as we know anything.
We do advise however that you adopt a sensible approach to this and if you are showing any of the symptoms then the child should stay and quarantine with the affected parent and not leave the home to avoid the further spread of the virus.
Head of Family Law, Kelly Parks has written this article on the subject which may help https://www.bannerjones.co.uk/articles/sharing-custody-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-what-are-your-rights