COVID created chaos at the start of the year, it is hard to believe that it is already September, and that we all still have access to toilet paper!   The initial lockdown and adaptations we have made have soon become the new norm and it is hard to think that we will have to go back to the hustle and bustle of ‘real’ life.   Back to peak-hour traffic, ferrying kids to this that and the other. Spending more time away from family and becoming more focused on work, deadlines and appointments. How did we ever do it before lockdown?

Separating can be an extremely difficult time for many, particularly where there are children involved. We are here to help you to negotiate arrangements for the ongoing care and support of your child or children. Let’s start at the…start. In this article you will find a breakdown of some of the legal terminology and key concepts around parenting. We will also break down a few myths!

Sadly, family violence often increases after emergency and natural disasters. Based on these experiences, we can anticipate that incidences of family violence will also increase during the outbreak of Covid-19. This is due to isolation, stress, financial insecurity, housing insecurity and periods of quarantine together. However, family violence is never ok, no matter the circumstances or the situation.

The question of child support or child maintenance is one that the Umbrella team deal with on a regular basis.  There’s no doubt that separation and divorce is tough, particularly where children are involved.  Understandably, the welfare of children is usually top of mind for most parents and that includes ensuring establishing financial arrangements that are fair for all parties.  The advice of professionals who specialise in collaborative law and child support arrangements is invaluable at this time.