At Breakthrough, we are still open and helping clients with a number of different issues during the current coronavirus pandemic.
If you are struggling to cope and would like to speak to someone, we have specialist solicitors available 24/7.
Our virtual door is always open to help you with anything and in anyway we can.
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We are helping clients with a number of different issues at the moment. Please see information below around the specific areas where we can help.
The current COVID 19 lockdown does not mean that you should not spend time with your children as you would normally. If you have an existing arrangement it should continue as normal. We can advise on arrangements for children if nothing is in place or an existing arrangement if it is not being adhered to.
For some people, the added isolation, job losses and health concerns can create undue stress in the home and relationships. You may find yourself more at risk of experiencing domestic abuse. So during this crisis, it’s more important than ever to be aware of domestic abuse and how to get support if needed.
Anyone experiencing domestic abuse can leave home and seek help, even under the current restrictions on movement.
Local domestic abuse services are still offering support during the coronavirus emergency and there is also help available to people who want to control their abusive behaviour.
Please use the following contacts for any help and support and of course, if you feel you or someone you know is in immediate danger then please call the police on 999. If you’re unable to talk during this 999 call you can press 55 from your mobile and this will transfer the call to the police without you having to speak.
- The 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline is available on 0808 200 0247.
- Anyone worried about causing harm to others can get help by calling the Respect Phoneline on 0808 802 4040 or go online here.
- Young people affected by domestic abuse can call Childline on 0800 1111 or go online at www.childline.org.uk, or can call SAFE on 0800 133 7938 or go online at www.safeproject.org.uk.
- And finally, there is the organisation ‘Reducing the Risk’; info at www.reducingtherisk.org.uk.
Do you qualify for legal aid? Check here legal aid eligibility checker – https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid.
BBC’s recent article on children issues/arrangments– https://www.bbc.com/news/education-52310034.,
We are open and offering mediation and MIAMS meeting via zoom. We remain focused to help our clients in any way we can during these difficult and uncertain times. We assure you meetings are fully private and mediators are trained to conduct these meetings both online via a link and face to face. So far, we have conducted many meetings online and they have proved to be quite successful as clients can choose to speak out of office hours and from anywhere in the country.
If due to Covid-19 your employment has been terminated and your employers have suggested a settlement agreement during termination or redundancy processes, it is necessary to seek independent legal advice in order for the agreement to be valid. This is a core protection for employees to ensure you are not in a disadvantaged position. Because it’s necessary to have legal advice, it’s common for employers to pay a contribution for the legal costs. BFLS can provide you with Independent Legal Advice.