Divorce during a pandemic.
It has been reported a number of times in the news that divorce cases are expected to rise during and post UK lockdown. Lucy Adams, Executive Associate Solicitor at Archers Law, discusses what you can expect if you are thinking of starting divorce proceedings during this time.
The pandemic and various stages of lockdown this year in the UK has put pressure on relationships as many couples and families find themselves in situations they have never been in before, or expected to be in. These situations and pressures have unfortunately been too much for some, leading to an increase in divorce enquiries over the past few months.
If you had thought about, or started divorce proceedings, it would be beneficial to seek legal advice.
A common question being asked at the moment is; can I still obtain a divorce during the pandemic?
The quick answer to that is yes, however it is sensible to expect some delays. Due to the impact upon coronavirus with the courts, in some cases, the process for divorce is taking longer.
Courts during the pandemic.
At the start of the pandemic, the majority of court hearings were adjourned whilst everyone tried to find a safe way of operating. They did quickly start to get moving again with serious and urgent cases being seen, then remote hearings taking place. Archers are now conducting many Family Court hearings remotely for client’s and receiving positive feedback in connection with how we are handling such hearings.
The courts are now permitted to open, providing their activities can be modified so that social distancing can take place.
The Family team at Archers Law always discuss with client’s alternative ways to resolve cases amicably, to include Mediation and remote meetings between solicitors to progress a case and reduce conflict. This process can be an extremely effective way of resolving disputes, without taking them to court. This can also help to avoid the delay, stress and cost of contested court hearings.
Online vs offline process.
The initial start of the divorce process will be the same. Before you apply for a divorce you should agree the reason for the divorce with your ex-partner, known as ‘grounds for divorce’ to show your marriage has broken down irretrievably.
Once this is done, the fee will need to be paid, before the paperwork can be submitted to court. This can be done online or by post. The online option in the current circumstances will be processed faster.
An online divorce application can be beneficial and an easier option if your divorce is non contentious. The process is completely safe and legal and has become a preferred option for many couples divorcing.
If you have a question about any of the above our Family lawyers are specialists providing sound advice, to will give you peace of mind concerning the legal complexities of family law.
Lucy Adams has been at Archers Law since 2007. After qualifying in 2009 Lucy joined the Family Team and has over 10 years’ experience practicing as a Family Solicitor. Lucy has experience in divorce, financial matters, separation, children matters and domestic violence.
Lucy’s specialist areas include: Financial and Children Matters and holds the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation. Lucy is committed to promoting a constructive approach to family issues.
To speak to Lucy or a member of the Family team contact us today.