21 May 2020
Partner Renato Labi comments in the Metro in relation to divorce during lockdown
While quarantine has brought some couples closer together, others have found the situation has pushed them further apart. It seems the latter was the case for a number of couples in China earlier this year, as divorce rates spiked after quarantine was imposed. But with courts and solicitor offices closed, what should couples do if they want to file for a divorce in lockdown?
Partner Renato Labi commented:
‘Since the government revised its guidance for England last week, people are able to move house or look for somewhere else to live.’
‘However, this does not yet apply to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. But it’s important to stress that this is completely different for those experiencing domestic violence.’
Renato adds: ‘The government’s household isolation instructions do not stop you moving out if you need to leave your home to escape domestic violence. ‘You are also able to apply to court to exclude a violent or abusive partner from your home. This is the case anywhere in the UK.’