Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers
Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers
  • Government guidance
  • President of the Family Division’s National Guidance for the Family Court
  • Financial Remedies Court guidance
  • Issues that may arise in practice

This Practice Note sets out key news and guidance in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is relevant to family proceedings. It also deals with issues that may arise in family proceedings, such as requests for adjournments and extensions of time, video conferencing, telephone hearings and cases in which there may be particular considerations, for example, where there is a change in financial circumstances, an increased risk of domestic abuse or contact difficulties where a party is self-isolating, ill or vulnerable due to other health issues, see: Issues that may arise in practice.

In accordance with the existing Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) digitisation programme, most proceedings will be issued by post or online. In addition, most hearings will now take place remotely and guidance has been issued for the Family Court in this regard, see: President of the Family Division’s National Guidance for the Family Court. A network of priority courts will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic for essential face-to-face hearings that cannot be heard by video or telephone and which cannot be delayed, see: HMCTS: Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak. The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has agreed a summary of family business priorities with HMCTS, see here and LNB News 06/04/2020 97.

HMCTS has published guidance on making applications in Form