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The Review Issue 213

The Review Issue 213

For every issue of The Review we will be publishing the articles here in the Knowledge and Resources section of our website as well as the pdf of the printed version.

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Good Practice Guide
Resolution’s Good Practice Guides

Resolution’s Good Practice Guides

As part of Resolution's Code of Practice members are asked to use the Good Practice Guides as part of their day to day work. These represent Resolution's core value and are designed to offer knowledge and guidance to our members.

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The Review

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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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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Supporting your clients/colleagues during the month of Ramadan

During this global pandemic we are all having to operate in new ways and really understand the pressures and situations that people are facing. For those of you with Muslim colleagues and clients the period of Ramadan starts on the 23rd or 24th of April and lasts for either 29 or 30 days. With the current pandemic this may cause additional pressures for them so this article will provide you with more information in order to support them.

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The Review

Engage v2.0 for 2020

The information gathering application for family lawyers has extended its capacity into a number of new client types.

First let’s recap: for those who aren’t aware, Engage is a web application that helps prospective clients, in their own time, put together all the information a family lawyer requires ahead of a first meeting – ensuring bespoke advice can be given at that first meeting. Engage enhances the initial consultation for both the family lawyer, as they have all the facts, and for the client, as they feel prepared and informed ahead of the meeting.

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Deconstructing the marital pot

With the courts increasingly needing to establish historical values, robust accountancy approaches are required – but with active and passive growth, the springboard effect, and the general concept of fairness all in play, there is seldom one clear answer. 

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