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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 [...]

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 [...]

How to work from home successfully: 10 tips from bosses

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The majority of the British workforce would not have imagined working from home this year, with the majority used to working in offices and commuting. Around 1.7million people worked from home in 2019, or five per cent of the work force, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics  But the coronavirus pandemic has forced millions into lockdown and working from home - without time to prepare properly or having any knowledge of how to make a success of it. It is likely that a larger chunk of people may be expected to work from home in the future, [...]

Covid-19 – Insurance Related Litigation Deluge

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By Akber Datoo, CEO, D2 Legal Technology Insurance companies believe they have limited exposure to Covid-19 claims. Yet the vast majority of firms are expecting to make a claim for some form of business disruption. So who is wrong? And how long is it going to take to work out? With law firms already poring over the poor drafting and exclusion ambiguity, insurance firms need to gear up for a legal fight. Akber Datoo, CEO, D2 Legal Technology, explains that insurance companies need to embrace consistency, transparency and a data driven approach to wording that provides a true and accurate picture [...]