Divorce Process during lockdown
Divorce and separation process can be stressful but often the only sensible option for unhappy couples.
Aileen Newman, Family Law Solicitor at Hansells, gives her thoughts.
Covid-19 pandemic has impacted homes and relationships across the world, including the divorce process. Under normal circumstances, you meet with a solicitor in the privacy of an office. Now, in some instances, arrangements are being made for a return call, suitable for when the party can talk.
A solicitor can file a divorce petition with the court on your behalf, and there is usually no need for the parties to attend the hearing. It is even possible for you to start the divorce process online.
Sorting out the finances or arrangements for children can take time to negotiate and for an agreement to be reached. On top of this, national and world economics are changing day-to-day. The value of assets, such as property and pensions, are fluctuating, and valuations may not be easy to obtain. Though reaching an agreement is still possible, even if it is temporary until we discover what the ‘new normal’ is.
President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane, advises parents to keep communicating with each other and to share practical solutions.
Whatever your family law problem, the Family Team at Hansells is continuing to work through this crisis. Our legal advisers will ensure to provide a quality service in a challenging and sensitive situation.