I don’t want to mention the “C” word. However, the reality is that I have to. Coming into week 5 (I think?!) of lockdown the impact of the virus is becoming abundantly clear. The immediate implications including domestic abuse, surrogacy, compliance with court orders and maintenance orders have all been covered by my colleagues. My thoughts now turn to settlement of financial claims.
Our parks, schools, restaurants and workplaces are amongst the long list of places closing following the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. As we are advised to remain in our homes to protect our health, this can increase the risk of harm to those suffering from domestic abuse. The serious nature of being required to remain at home with a domestic abuse perpetrator cannot be underestimated.
There is unlikely to be a single element of our everyday lives which is not touched by Coronavirus. For most, that means sheltering in one place and only travelling for essentials such as food, medicine and to care for vulnerable people. The impact on international travel is one of the most severely impacted sectors, causing chaos for intended parents currently in the middle of an international surrogacy arrangement.