The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in telephone calls reporting perpetrators of abuse since the lockdown began. The lockdown is no doubt putting a massive financial and emotional strain on many families. This means that the restrictions leave victims to be consistently more vulnerable. Victims must not feel totally isolated and should seek legal help and/or support.
Whilst our homes are a safe place for many the same cannot be said for all.
In these unprecedented times you may be asking what happens about child contact, can it still go ahead despite the Government lockdown? What happens if I am self-isolating and am concerned about not complying with a Court Order.
We answer some of the most often asked questions below.
The coronavirus pandemic is causing havoc around the world and tremendous uncertainty for all of us.
Such unprecedented events are causing considerable anxiety and uneasiness for those contemplating divorce or already half way through the process.
Although several courts have closed their doors there are still courts open dealing with such cases although some financial hearings have been adjourned until a date when there hopefully will be more certainty. The courts are moving towards telephone hearings and some offer video links to conduct the same. Many court staff and judges are now working remotely from home so some matters can still proceed. Our family team at QualitySolicitors Davisons are working and still able to help you with any family legal advice during this pandemic.
If you have a loved one who has lost the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves and you’re looking to make important decisions on their behalf, you will need to apply to the Court of Protection for a deputyship order. This is the only option available for someone to gain authority over a loved one’s affairs if they have lost mental capacity and did not have a Power of Attorney in place prior to losing capacity.