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24

SEP

2021

Family Court or Family Arbitration?

When couples can’t agree how to resolve issues on separation/divorce, most people immediately think they have to apply to the Court.

But, even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the Family Court process was becoming slower and more frustrating for many people. Now there are staff shortages as well as a backlog of cases that are not suitable for remote hearings, using the Court to resolve issues could take over a year (if you are lucky).

So should you consider Family Arbitration?

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions answered by our specialist family lawyer, Barbara Richardson.

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26

JUN

2020

Do I have to go to Court?

Many separating couples are wary of seeking legal advice because they do not want to have to face the emotional and financial cost of court proceedings.

They know that either they or their ex can apply to the court for a decision about the arrangements for their children and/or resolving financial issues, for example whether the family home should be sold. They also know that court proceedings can feel like a “fight” and that even if they achieve the outcome they seek the process can be very stressful and damaging for future family relationships.

The good news is that there are other ways that a specialist family lawyer can support separating couples to reach an agreement and make it legally binding without anyone having to attend court.

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11

MAY

2020

COVID-19 - FAQ BUSINESS ASSETS ON DIVORCE

For those actively involved in running a business, the additional stress and anxiety of resolving financial issues on divorce can often affect the performance of the business.

The global public health emergency has meant that some businesses are not able to operate, some businesses are adapting but are seeing a downturn in work, whilst others are in high demand.

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17

APR

2020

COVID-19 - Resolving Financial Issues on Divorce

COVID-19 – WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT RESOLVING FINANCIAL ISSUES ON DIVORCE?

The current global public health emergency means that the majority of us are facing financial uncertainty. For many people this makes resolving financial issues on divorce now unwise, for others it may be in their interests to get on with reaching an agreement and obtaining the final divorce order, Decree Absolute, quickly.

 

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14

APR

2020

Lasting Power of Attorney for Shielded People in Isolation

How Lasting Power of Attorney can be useful for shielded people in isolation…

Shielding is a measure used to protect extremely vulnerable people from coming into contact with coronavirus by minimising all interaction. They are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks. Anyone who is extremely vulnerable should not leave their homes and, within their homes, should minimise all non-essential contact with other members of their household.

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8

APR

2020

Landlord's Health & Safety Requirements

Why do I need to produce an Asbestos Report, Energy Performance Certificate and Fire Risk Assessment before I can grant a new lease of my commercial premises?

There are a number of legal health and safety requirements which landlords and tenants must be aware of prior to entering into a lease and in particular, consideration must be given to the certification that landlords should be providing to tenants on grant of a new lease.

 

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