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Covid-19: managing divorce during a pandemic


As the Covid 19 lockdown begins to slowly ease, the unfortunate reality is that not all marriages and relationships will be coming out the other side – with divorces sadly expected to rocket in the coming months.

Some families may have enjoyed the ‘strange new reality’ of being together all day everyday. You’ve most likely seen them online, you know the ones: family yoga in the garden at 6am, followed by homemade croissants for breakfast before the children start their school work, without needing to be reminded 20 times or the parents being told by said children that they ‘would rather go to school than have you as a teacher’. But for many, the forced confinement, lack of childcare support, limited socialisation with other adults, added financial pressures and the general stress of it all will have been the final straw. Rightmove has already recorded a huge spike in enquiries about rental properties and their report points the finger to a large extent at family break-up following the Covid19 lock-down.

Coronavirus divorces: a collaborative approach

While it seems an increased demand for divorces is inevitable, there is more than one way to approach the situation. While the thought of divorce may bring up images of heated arguments and court battles, there is another option.

At Linder Myers, our family law team area all members of Resolution, an organisation that which supports an amicable approach to separation. Our trained Collaborative Lawyers approach family law in a very different way; where appropriate, we can have roundtable meetings and set agendas, rather than formal letters passing backwards and forwards. In this collaborative process each party states right at the beginning of the meetings what their individual priorities are in the divorce. This can help focus minds when blips happen in meetings. When there are disagreements, which do of course happen, we use the anchor statements to remind everyone what was important to them at the beginning.

We will work with you to find the best approach to a divorce for your family. This is especially important when you have young children, when you will be keen to ensure that their needs are prioritised to allow you to work together as parents long after your divorce. Our team has managed situations such as a lady whose parents had such a terrible divorce that her main priority was that she and her ex-husband could attend their son’s Christmas Pantomime and sit together without their son worrying. Collaborative law is not the right option for everyone but when it is right, it works for the benefit of the family as a whole.

At Linder Myers we can offer Collaborative Law on fixed fee basis. If you would like more  information about the Collaborative Law approach please email enquiries@lindermyers.co.uk

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