It is no secret that the Family Court has been under immense pressure in recent years. As recently as December 2019, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division, in a View From the President’s Chamber headed “The unremitting pressure of work in the Family Court” described those involved in the system as “running flat out up a down escalator which, despite our efforts, is outpacing us”.

This was, of course, before we were struck by the global health crisis.