With the government advising us to follow social distancing guidelines wherever possible, does this put pressure on families with separated parents?
Social distancing is particularly challenging for parents who are separated and the obstacles they may face with maintaining on going childcare arrangements. There are numerous problems that could arise, some of which we have experienced are:
In an attempt to limit potential disputes CAFCASS has issued the following recommendations:
A statement made by Head of the family courts Sir Andrew McFarlane suggested that children should continue to visit parents they do not live with, as long as both households are healthy.
We have seen an increase in enquiries from separated parents regarding disagreements over contact and childcare arrangements during the government enforced lockdown. Some parents are suggesting that the Covid-19 guidance has been exploited to stop access altogether.
The guidance from the courts for parents who live apart suggests that children under the age of 18 can be moved between homes after an assessment that they are not being put at risk.
Unfortunately for some parents, trust and communication has broken down and any conversations regarding child visits can seem impossible, but rest assured there is help available.
Parrott & Coales family law team has extensive experience in dealing with issues around child arrangements. If you have concerns about your circumstances, Parrott & Coales offer a free review of your existing child arrangements and court orders that may be in place.
Given the current social distancing measures, we can provide advice by various means including email, telephone or Video call in order to help you.
Contact us today on 01296 318 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org