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The Review Issue 207

With the outbreak of Covid-19 many of you will not be at your offices to receive your printed copy of The Review but help is at hand. For every issue 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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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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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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Working Remotely with Mediation Clients

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, all mediators have been faced with new challenges to the way in which they work. Very long held norms of face to face practice have been seriously disrupted and changed and it has meant that many of you will have moved to online and remote working and have done so at some speed in order to ensure continuing service to individuals and families.

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