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

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

  • Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers
  • Amendments to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010)
  • Government guidance
  • President of the Family Division’s National Guidance for the Family Court
  • President’s guidance—The Family Court and COVID-19: The Road Ahead
  • Financial Remedies Court guidance
  • Relevant case law
  • Issues that may arise in practice
  • Case management
  • Interim applications
  • More...

This Practice Note sets out key news and guidance in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) 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, many hearings 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 and President’s guidance—The Family Court and COVID-19: The Road Ahead. 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 and the Law Society has issued a ‘Nightingale courts’ interactive map here. The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has agreed a summary of family business priorities with

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