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An experts guide for separated parents in lockdown | Leeds Day | Huntingdon and St Neots News | The …

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It is your decision if you want to continue pre-existing contact arrangements during COVID-19. Picture: Getty Images Lee Bailham from the family law team at Leeds Day Solicitors explains what contact arrangements are available for separated parents and how they can help you make the best decision for your child. Q: What options do separated parents have during lockdown? It is important separated parents keep up good communication. Picture: Getty Images The government announced children can move between parental homes during the lockdown and existing contact arrangements can continue. This only applies to parents that have ‘parental responsibility.’ These [...]

Changes To Litigation Risk In A New Economic Environment – Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration -…

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To print this article, all you need is to be registered or login on Mondaq.com. COVID-19 has dramatically altered the litigation landscape. It is not only that new types of legal disputes are emerging. More fundamentally, the economic and strategic considerations affecting organizations' litigation decisions are shifting. This article examines that shift, and explores some key resulting consequences for organizations going forward as they conduct litigation in the pandemic environment. The changed litigation landscape The pandemic has substantially reduced economic activity and liquidity, while simultaneously heightening health and safety risks in every facet of our world. These two phenomena [...]

Husband ‘strangled his wife, 28, because he didn’t want to pay for an expensive divorce’

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A HUSBAND strangled his wife because he did not want to pay for a costly divorce, prosecutors allege.  Joseph Elledge pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of his Chinese wife, 28-year-old Mengqui Ji Elledge. 2 Joseph Elledge, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murderCredit: AP:Associated Press 2 Mengqui Ji Elledge's body has never been found Her body has not yet been found after she disappeared in October 2019.  But Elledge has been charged with his wife’s death in February in Columbia, Missouri.  Prosecutors say Elledge strangled or suffocated his wife because he did not want to pay [...]

Most SMEs expect Covid-19 to have a 'significant impact' in the next 3 months

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Three quarters of small and mid-size firms expect Covid-19 to have a 'significant impact' for months to come - but green shoots of recovery are sprouting already Business sentiment plummeted 31 points during the quarter to 79 out of 200  A Simply Business report found that Covid-19 has cost SMEs a total of £69billion Recent Barclaycard research found that consumer spending sank 36.5% in April By Harry Wise For This Is Money Published: 13:22, 28 May 2020 | Updated: 13:25, 28 May 2020 Most small and medium-sized firms believe the coronavirus will continue to have a major effect in the [...]

COVID-19: Saudi Arabia witnesses 30% increase in divorce cases

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Abu Dhabi: The number of marriage contracts made across Saudi Arabia in February reached 13,000, an increase of 5 per cent over contracts made in the same month last year, and Saudi citizens accounted for the vast majority. In contrast, the number of divorce deeds for the same month was 7,482, according official statistics. During the COVID-19 crisis, observers noted a 30 per cent increase in requests for divorce and Khula’, a procedure through which a woman can divorce her husband in Islam, by returning the dowry (mahr) or something else that she received from her husband, as agreed by [...]

Family lawyer predicts a surge in divorce applications once lockdown is lifted – Daily Mail

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Talking through a day in her life, Claire says she sets her alarm at 5.45am - the same time as when she was travelling into London - starts her day with pilates, before putting together all the home schooling exercises for the day.   After getting the boys up early for breakfast and settled for 'school' by 8.30am, she prepares to start her day in the old tool shed which she made into a home office just before lockdown came into action.  'Around 1pm is when I usually break for lunch with the boys,' she continued. 'They do some lessons online with their [...]

What's happening with furlough? We explain what Sunak's new 'flexible furlough' …

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has revealed how the £10billion-a-month furlough scheme will evolve in the coming months, how businesses will have to contribute more and when it will end. He has also announced more help for self-employed workers. We look at what the new 'flexible furlough' will mean for workers, businesses – and the taxpayer. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has revealed how the £10bn-a-month furlough scheme will evolve in the coming months, how businesses will have to contribute more and when it will end. What will happen to workers on furlough? They will continue to receive 80 per cent of their pay [...]

Can you be made redundant while on furlough? Firms axe staff

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There are serious concerns that companies across Britain are set to make staff redundant after putting them on the Government's furlough scheme designed specifically to prevent mass job losses. When Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last week the coronavirus job retention scheme was being extended until the end of October, and would not be altered until August, he said the move would protect 'the livelihoods of the British people and our future economic prospects.' But This is Money has spoken to a number of furloughed workers who are now being told they will may lose their jobs. One employee in an [...]

Legal aid firms 'getting desperate' – Law Society

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The government risks breaching its obligation to provide a criminal defence service unless it urgently comes to the rescue of struggling legal aid firms, the Law Society warned this afternoon. Without extra support on top of existing initiatives to help businesses survive Covid-19, the sector is facing collapse, Chancery Lane says. Writing for lawgazette.co.uk, president Simon Davis renews the Society’s appeal for further help with cashflow through the Standard Monthly Payment scheme, together with business rates relief. Chancery Lane also wants previous legal aid cuts reversed, and the restarting of work on criminal and civil sustainability ‘to give firms reason [...]

Letter: Market traders’ woes highlight flaws in business grant scheme

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Thousands of UK small businesses are missing out on business grants for two reasons (Report, May 18). Firstly, they operate in a shared premises such as a market hall, and secondly they are not the named business rates payer. Market traders — often the business owners themselves — have seen revenue drop to zero coupled with very low furlough support funds due to paying themselves in dividends. Just as many businesses are not the named rates payer even though they are the ones paying the rates as part of rent. My business, Chai Guys, has paid business rates on a [...]