31 March 2020
Family Law issues can be very stressful at the best of times, but even more so now with the Coronavirus pandemic.
If you are in the midst of legal proceedings you may well be worried about how the lockdown will affect the Family Courts and your case.
Court cases are still going ahead but hearings will in most cases take place either by telephone, email, or by video conferencing.
If a hearing is urgent and cannot take place remotely, and if it is safe to do so, the Court may arrange a face-to-face hearing.
In this case there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend and strict precautions will be put in place.
If your case cannot be heard remotely because it is too complex or requires live evidence, then an application to have the hearing adjourned and moved to a new date will need to be made.
It is imperative that you contact your solicitor to discuss arrangements for a remote hearing or plan for an adjournment.
During these difficult times our Town Gate office in Basingstoke is temporarily closed to visitors unless by prior appointment when meeting in person is essential. However, thanks to our lawyers being able to work remotely, Phillips remains fully open for business and can discuss family law issues or any other legal matters by telephone and video conference.
This article is current at the date of publication set out above and is for reference purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking any action.
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