Can I Get Divorced Throughout Lockdown?
Posted on 27th April 2020
As anyone who has bene through Divorce Proceedings will tell you, if you do not have the backing of a good legal team, then this time of your life can be one of the most stressful and emotionally draining experiences you will go through. But how does COVID-19 and lockdown effect this? Are you still able to instruct divorce proceedings? How will your instructions be taken, and will there be a delay in the timescale?
At MG Legal, your Lancaster Solicitors, our Family Team are still taking instructions for divorce proceedings. Our team are, obviously behaving and are working subject to government guidelines; but as far as we can tell the changes are not affecting anything.
For starters we are no longer taking face to face appointments unless we are absolutely required to. Appointments are being conducted over the phone, with our clients receiving the same service and length of time that they would in a face- to- face appointment.
Signing paperwork, again you will no longer be invited in to sign any paperwork, this will be sent to you for your signature with an in-depth letter explaining the forms and where to sign, if you prefer, we can arrange for a telephone appointment to take place while you complete the documents.
In relation to timescale, understandably the Family Courts are not prioritising divorces at the moment. This is because the Courts are working on skeleton staff and urgent/emergency matters are being dealt with first, particularly case in which there has allegations of violence and where there are children/adults who may be at risk. That said, our solicitors in Lancaster can report that Lancaster Family Court are still processing Divorce Applications, and MG Legal’s clients are still getting divorced.
With our Lancaster solicitors still actively working, we assure you that at MG Legal, Your Local Family Law Solicitors, we will do everything within our power to progress your divorce as fast as we can on our part.
Once the restrictions are lifted, it is anticipated that the solicitors will see a drastic surge in new cases. Unfortunately, being under each other feet 24/7 whilst in lockdown can add extra strain to an already fractured relationship.
We would add, that if you do separate from you partner during lockdown, the government have advised that it is perfectly fine for you or your partner to leave the premises to stay with other family members or a friend.
If you would like any further advise or want to book an half an hour initial enquiry appointment (charged at £75.00 plus VAT) the do not hesitate to contact us on either 01524 581306, or by completing our online enquiry form, and a member of our team will contact you within 24 hours.
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