Running Family Matters During The Covid-19 Pandemic – Part 1

Recorded on: 15/05/2020

This is the first part of a two-part webinar covering what family law practitioners need to know to advise clients during the pandemic.

With Covid-19 wreaking havoc on many people’s health, work, livelihoods and relationships, family lawyers are in demand. But we need to understand how the law has changed as a consequence of the legislation and guidance that has been issued as a result of the coronavirus.

Webinar 1 topics include:

Contact and Separated Parents

We will look at the law on enforcement of child arrangements during social distancing and lockdown, ranging from parenting information programmes, to enforcement orders, with a particular focus on:

  • Enforcing contact and parental alienation cases;
  • Child contact with separated parents; and
  • The President of the Family Division’s guidance for parents confused about access during Covid-19.

Impending Public Funding Changes

The Legal Aid Agency has moved to help publicly funded lawyers during lockdown, while the Ministry of Justice has announced some relaxation of eligibility rules around domestic violence and other areas of early legal advice. This part of the webinar looks at the changes, in particular:

  • The Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (15 May 2020) – changes to eligibility for public funding

Public Children Law Cases

Does the rule that care proceedings should not exceed 26 weeks still apply during lockdown? What about the 45-day needs assessment deadline? This part of the webinar covers the current requirements for assessments, and the Public Law Outline.

We consider the guidance on assessments at present, whether they be court-directed or otherwise, with a particular focus on the following areas as a result of social distancing:

  • The guidance on public law cases and contact;
  • Assessments during lockdown; and
  • The guidance for local authorities on children’s social care.

Changes to Adoption, Fostering and Care Planning

The regulations surrounding panels, timescales and paperwork on adoption are already complex, and then on 24 April changes arising from Covid-19 came into force. The part of the webinar focuses on:

  • The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020;
  • Changes to adoption;
  • Care planning and assessments changes
  • Fostering and private fostering.

Watch a two minute preview of the webinar


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