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Covid-19: set aside and Barder events

With so many people’s financial positions likely to change suddenly, what are the chances of setting aside or varying an order made in more stable times?

With the global economic markets in turmoil, valuations being undermined immediately, many businesses on the edge of an abyss, the housing market effectively frozen and widespread furlough leave and redundancies, there cannot be a more difficult time for financial remedy practitioners to advise clients on the merits (or not) of pursuing or settling financial claims.

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Will judicial encouragement of the use of virtual courts and private FDRs lend a steer to the new child arbitration extensions?

On 17 March 2020 the Family Division noted in a statement that “there is an urgent need to increase the use of telephone and video technology immediately to hold remote hearings where possible. Emergency legislation is being drafted which is likely to contain clauses that expand the powers in criminal courts to use technology in a wider range of hearings. The Civil Procedure Rules and Family Procedure Rules provide for considerable flexibility. We also encourage you to work with your local court staff to identify work which could be done from home.”

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Social distancing for separated parents: Can I still see my child?

This article tries to answer some of the questions now faced by separated parents worried about how the current events and government advice will impact on their child arrangements – whether existing or sought. I have seen and read many social media comments about this topic. There seems to be a wide divergence of views from family lawyers up and down the country.

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CFC notice on financial remedy work and online platforms

The Central Family Court has issued a notice regarding financial remedy work covering the period from May - June 2020 and made clear they want online platforms to be used wherever possible throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

The full notice can be downloaded on this page and we've highlighted the two sections particularly useful for members regarding;

- Directions in respect of non-urgent hearings and
- New applications

This page also includes a list of FRC courts where online platforms can be used for finance consent orders and issuing contested finance applications.

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Covid-19 and domestic abuse: the practical steps

The Covid-19 lockdown is an incredibly dangerous time for survivors of domestic abuse. It has been widely reported that domestic abuse organisations have seen a huge increase in contact since the lockdown began. Refuge, for example, has reported an increase of online traffic to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline of 700%. Following media coverage of the helpline, calls and logs on 6 April 2020 were up by 120% compared to the previous day.

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