I recently read an article about a couple who were due to have a child… the mother suggested a name for the child… the father said he agreed, but only jokingly, thinking that it was a joke… the mother was not joking.
An 8 year old British boy has made an application to the High Court against the Home Office over its policy of denying his family (and other families) access to the welfare safety net.
Sir Andrew McFarlane has provided a report in relation to the effectiveness of remote hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (who are an independent organisation committed to improving the life for families by providing data to the family justice system) began carrying out a study three weeks ago to examine views after hearings were being held remotely rather than face-to-face.
There has been guidance regarding contact arrangements between a parent and their child – but what if you or the other parent have concerns about the child’s safety during the Coronavirus pandemic? If you were to make an application to the Court in relation to your child, how quickly would this be dealt with and would it depend on the severity of the matter, which will also no doubt take into account any harm the child could be subject to?
I recently wrote an article in relation to child arrangements during this self isolation period – but how does this effect child maintenance? Guidance has been provided whereby the Cabinet Office stated that children under 18 can travel between their separated parents’ homes during the self isolation period. However, and in the event that contact … Continue reading Calculating Child Maintenance During COVID-19
As mentioned in my earlier article (Covid-19 Lockdown vs Domestic Violence), I discussed how, whilst the Prime Minister gave us a “very simple instruction” to stay at home, those that are subject to domestic violence are left in difficulties.
Due to the self-isolation and the social distancing restrictions improved by the Government, this can become a challenge for non-married couples who do not live to together. You’re either going to spend a considerable amount of time away from each other by living in separate households or a considerable amount of time together by taking a step forward and living in the same household.
Previously, the guidance from the Cabinet Office advised that children under 18 can travel between their separated parents’ home and so yes, contact between a parent and a child should continue as usual and in accordance with any agreement or Court Order.
Home is considered a safe place to be in light of the current climate regarding Covid-19. But… what about those who are subject to domestic violence? Home is not a safe place for them to be and actually may put them at greater risk.