Running Family Matters During The Covid-19 Pandemic – Part 2

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 2 topics include:

Conducting Hearings during the Pandemic

The profession has had to adapt to remote hearings very quickly, but there have been concerns expressed about how they are used in family cases, with the President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane making clear in Re P that they are inappropriate in certain situations and other judges worrying about doing justice properly when conducting hearings by video.

But lockdown means that in many cases remote hearings are going ahead. We will examine the experience to date and the major issues surrounding live evidence, intermediaries, experts, timescales and technology. What type of cases can be heard now, or need to be adjourned? In particular, we look at:

  • Remote hearings in family cases;
  • The remote access Family Court guidance;
  • Live hearings;
  • Children and finance cases;
  • E-bundles and litigants in person; and
  • The implications of Sir Andrew McFarlane’s ruling in Re P (A child: Remote hearing) [2020] EWFC 32 (16 April)

Domestic Abuse and Social Distancing

Sadly, there has been an increase in cases of domestic abuse during the pandemic. Family lawyers need to know the key principles for dealing with domestic abuse so as to obtain orders and defend in a very short period of time.

This part of the webinar will review:

  • The current law and key changes;
  • Domestic abuse and Covid 19 – what must you know?; and
  • Domestic Abuse Bill 2020 – what is the current position?
  • Divorce and Dissolution

Family lawyers have seen an increase in the number of people seeking divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships. This part of the webinar will cover the existing law, as well as online divorce, and the reforms set to be introduced by the Divorce and Dissolution Bill:

  • Divorce and Dissolution Bill – What is the current law and what are the changes?
  • Padero-Mernagh v Mernagh and The Queen’s Proctor Intervening (Divorce: Nullity: Remote Hearing) [2020] EWFC 27 – On the conduct of remote hearings
  • On–Line Divorce Services – Consideration of JK v MK & Anor [2020] EWFC 2

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