Family Law

The government guidance on Covid-19 and how we as a nation can take steps to protect our most vulnerable people is changing daily. SAS Daniels remain willing and able to provide advice and support by offering a variety of simple, online platforms where clients can arrange consultations by video or telephone. Contact a member of our Family team to arrange your consultation.

How Can the Family Team Support You During Covid-19

We understand that there is confusion and worry regarding child arrangements and whether children should remain moving to and from households. The general position is that where children do not live in just one household and they are aged under 18 they are to continue to see both parents as long as it is safe to do so. The guidance being that if one parent or a member of their household falls ill then contact should not take place and rather indirect forms of contact such as FaceTime and telephone calls should be utilised until those in isolation have recovered. The coronavirus outbreak itself should not be reason for one parent to stop contact if the other parent nor a member of their household is ill. We are on hand to provide advice regarding existing child arrangements whether those be in a court order or informally agreed between separated parents to address and alleviate your concerns.

If you are due to go to court regarding child arrangements, we will continue to prepare for such hearings and represent you at your hearing. The courts are now conducting hearings remotely and we will work with all relevant parties to facilitate an effective hearing where possible.

We will continue to progress all other matters such as divorces, cohabitee disputes and financial matters. Most solicitors in other firms will have the ability to work from home also and we do not anticipate matters halting simply due to the fact we are unable to work in an office environment.  We will continue to send draft documents to you such as pre-nuptial agreements, separation agreements and cohabitee agreements.

Supporting New and Existing Clients

The family team will continue to work as normal with minimal disruption, we are therefore able to continue to provide an initial consultation and progress the following types of matters:

  • Divorce and financial matters
  • Cohabitee agreements and cohabitee disputes
  • Separation agreements
  • Pre and post-nuptial agreements
  • Domestic violence
  • Children’s living arrangements
  • Mediation and Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law

Family courts are now adjourning court hearings or conducting them by telephone or video where possible, the court are giving priority to urgent hearings regarding children, urgent injunctions, non-urgent cases are more likely to be adjourned or dealt with remotely.

At SAS Daniels, we can continue to arrange 4 way- meetings to help you resolve the arrangements for your children or your finances following separation. These meetings can be conducted by telephone or video (various options available, or your preferred platform) with you, your spouse and his / her solicitor. Find out more about collaborative law here.

Mediation

Family mediation can also be arranged virtually no matter where you are based. Usually mediation takes places over a series of meetings, and the mediator is there to help you and your spouse reach an agreement regarding the arrangements for your children and / or in relation to financial matters. Mediations can be arranged either separately or jointly through a secure video platform.

In these difficult times, it is still possible to move forward and resolve matters, and we will help you look at your options.

For further information or to arrange a meeting for collaborative law or mediation services, please contact our family law expert, Denise Woodward, on 01244 305 924 or email [email protected]

Contact SAS Daniels’ Family Team

Following official government advice, we have introduced telephone and video consultations so that you can contact our team from just the click of a button. Our clients’ health and safety is of paramount importance to us, therefore this allows us to stay in touch without the need for face-to-face meetings.

No matter where you are, our solicitors will be able to assist you virtually. Please contact a member of our family team here, or use our enquiry form to be directed to a member of the team.