Family Court Hearings Update

The Covid 19 crisis has caused much change and disruption since March 2020.  However, as the current lockdown starts to ease, what does this mean for the local Family Court? Over the past four months, Family Court hearings have taken place remotely by telephone conference or video call which has worked well.  In some instances, cases have had to be adjourned due to the nature of the hearing and relisted for a later date.

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Temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax Reductions

To help the UK economy recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a temporary reduction in Stamp Duty Land Tax rates to take effect from 8th July 2020. This reduction in SDLT rates will last until 31st of March 2021 and will be welcomed by the property market.

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Separation – Who gets the TV?

When couples decide to separate, they must face the difficult and sometimes confusing question of how to divide their personal belongings. The process of working out what belongs to you, can often lead to dispute. What happens, for example, to the painting you bought before you were married, or the television that you purchased together?

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Arrangements for children during Covid-19 pandemic

Following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been much concern about what happens regarding arrangements for children spending time in the households of each of their parents. This is particularly relevant following the stay-at-homes rules and advice provided by the government.

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Who gets the dog on divorce?

Although the title to this article might raise a smile, the question of where, or rather with whom, pets will live is often a very important decision during a separation or divorce.

Pets are frequently considered to be part of the family with the responsibility, both financial and practical, playing a big factor in family life. So, what will happen to pets on divorce?

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