Lockdown Extension: The Impacts on Relationships

Year Published: 2020

As was widely suspected, a lockdown extension has been confirmed for a further three weeks on 16 April 2020, prolonging unhappiness for those living with people they no longer wish to spend intimate time with. Lack of support from a spouse is amplified when trapped in a marriage with a spouse who does not understand the need for kindness, assistance and care during these difficult times.

It is apparent that five factors have to be satisfied before the lockdown is eased:

  1. Confidence that the NHS will be able to cope following a lifting of lockdown.
  2. A consistent fall in daily deaths, which would have to be for a sustained period.
  3. Reliable data evidencing that the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels.
  4. That testing capacity and PPE are available in sufficient quantity to meet future demand.
  5. There has to be confidence that a second wave of the virus would not be sufficient to overwhelm the NHS and provisions in place.

Given that, nationally, there is no suggestion that deaths are plateauing, it seems optimistic to hope that the advent of the next review in three weeks will result in significant loosening of lockdown measures.

How Can We Help You During the Lockdown Extension?

If recent weeks have crystallised problems within your relationship, such that you feel you would benefit from getting advice and assistance, our specialist family solicitors are operating normally and are available to talk you through options in relation to separation, divorce, finances and child arrangements. We offer a free half hour consultation. Presently working from home, we also welcome out of hours calls if this is the only opportunity available to you to secure a degree of privacy. We are presently offering extra support for people who are only able to call after shift work or during their daily exercise period away from the home.  It remains possible to issue proceedings at Court if that is ultimately the best solution for your situation.

If you work for the NHS we have a support scheme available, details of which are on our website and can be found by clicking here.

SAS Daniels is a multi-specialist law firm.  If you or anyone you know needs any legal assistance, be it revision of Will provision or employment advice for example, we will be able to put you through to the right people to help.

There is help at hand during these difficult times and SAS Daniels continues to provide utmost support for you and your loved ones as usual, contact our expert Family team below for more guidance regarding family matters.

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