Parental Contact in the Coronavirus Crisis

01 May, 2020 by Darren Rainey

The country is in the middle of a public health crisis on an unprecedented scale. Regardless of their age, this is also a difficult time for children and young people and all parents want to be able to support their families.

When the government advised people to say at home on 23rd March it also clearly stated –

“Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.”

This establishes an exception to the mandatory ‘stay at home’ requirement although it does not mean that children must be moved between homes.

The decision whether a child is to move between parental homes is for the child’s parents to make after a sensible assessment of the circumstances, including the child’s present health, the risk of infection and the presence of any recognised vulnerable individuals in one household or the other.

The best way to deal with these difficult times is for parents to communicate with one another about their worries, and what they think would be a good, practical solution for their children.

In legal terms the situation is clear that, despite some confusion at the outset of lockdown, established contact arrangements should continue where it is safe to do so.

Parents should not take advantage of the present crisis to prevent parental contact and if you are concerned that this is happening to you get in touch with us today. This is an area in which the courts are still hearing cases during the lockdown so our experienced family law team can help you resolve any contact problems. You do not have to wait weeks or months to take action.

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