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Divorce & Separation During Coronavirus Lock Down

21 April 2020 | James Myatt

Deciding to end a relationship typically brings a time of uncertainty. With the current Coronavirus pandemic upon us and the country in lock down, this makes any separation even more challenging.

We understand the implications that a separation has on your financial circumstances and the parenting arrangements for your children. Our team of divorce and family solicitors are on hand to provide support and guidance. We continue to help clients understand where they stand prior to, during and following a separation, and have adapted our services to accommodate the government rules on social distancing.

Can I speak to a divorce solicitor?

Yes, you can. We are all working remotely but available on our usual Gregg Latchams telephone numbers and email addresses. You can find all our family solicitors’ contact details here.

We are booking appointments as usual but instead of meeting in person, we will set up a telephone or video call, depending on which you would prefer.

Can I start the legal process online?

If you are ready to find out where you stand legally, you can complete a questionnaire on our website which will provide you with a free, personalised and instant report. Simply provide some initial details to get useful information and find out the next steps to take.

Starting this process online means you will be well prepared for when you speak to one of our family solicitors, saving you time and money. At the first appointment with us, we can provide you with advice straight away rather than spending that time gathering the initial information from you.

It also means you can get started anywhere, anytime.  To find out more and take a look at the questions, please click here.

Can I start financial proceedings and the Form E online?

In cases of divorce and separation where financial issues arise, couples are obliged to provide full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances. This can be done in several ways from a basic letter to a detailed form and documents.

The best way of dealing with this is to use a Court form known as ‘Form E’. The form sets out step by step the information regarding the background of the couple completing the form, information regarding their assets and then a brief summary for the Court. There is a section for the couple to set out their understanding of the financial resources of any new spouse or partner which they may have.  Finally, there is a section which invites the person completing the form to set out their outline of the orders that they wish the Court to make. This will include what should happen to the family home and whether a pension sharing, or pension attachment order is being sought. 

Completing the Form E can seem a daunting and difficult task. It is important to present your financial situation in the best light and include all the relevant information. Assistance from a solicitor will always be beneficial and could save you dearly in the future.

We offer an online service which takes you through the process of completing the Form E, at home in your own time. The form can then be checked by one of our family solicitors and advice given on any ‘fine-tuning’ that may be needed in order to improve the quality of that person’s financial disclosure. 

Our family solicitors are more than happy to walk you through the form, but if you feel able to complete it yourself, this will save you money on legal fees.  It also means you can start it when you are ready and complete it at your own pace, putting you in control.

Should I start divorce proceedings now or wait?

This is really dependent on your individual situation. The Courts are still operating although the system has slowed down. It is taking slightly longer than usual to process applications to the Court.

Why not complete the online questionnaire, or contact our team of family solicitors to discuss your situation?

If you are ready to talk to a specialist divorce or children solicitor, we are here to help. Please call 0117 906 9400 or email enquiries@gregglatchams.com

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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