With the current crisis facing us all, there is concerned amongst separated families in how it will affect them and the contact arrangements for children.
Lucy Reed, a barrister specialising in family law, has given what I consider to be some really sensible and down-to-earth advice in her Pink Tape Blog for parents about what to do about contact in the current crisis. Her thoughts have been commended by members of the Judiciary.
Read her advice via the link below.
Whether or not there is a court order in place you still need to behave like a sensible parent. If anyone in your household is symptomatic and you are therefore self isolating you should not be sending your child for contact with their other parent. If anyone in the other parent’s household is symptomatic or they are self isolating you should not be sending your child for contact with their other parent. If your child is poorly with something that might be coronavirus you should not be sending them for contact. You should think about offering telephone or video contact as an alternative. You can try and make arrangements for starting things up again when isolation or illness has passed. If you and your child would have to travel on public transport or expose yourself to health risk in order to get your child to contact (for example because you have a health vulnerability) you can ask for the other parent to collect them or make alternative travel arrangements. If you or the other parent cannot manage travel arrangements because you now have unexpected childcare or work commitments due to coronavirus, you need to let the other parent know and see if you can find a workaround. If you are worried about sending your child to contact because you don’t trust your ex to keep the children safe and to follow the guidance about corona virus – talk to them before making your decision.