Social distancing is challenging for everyone, particularly for parents who have separated and the obstacles may face with continuing on going childcare arrangements.
There are several potential problems that could arise such as:
There are several ways of dealing with these challenges that could avoid a potential dispute and guidance has been set out by CAFCAS some of which include;
These are just a few points for separated couples who, like the rest of the world, face an uncertain situation with a direct impact on their lives.
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. However, the government guidelines should not be exploited in order to stop a parent from visiting/accessing their child.
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. If a parent is ignoring child court orders, then the other parent may have the right to pursue legal action.
Unfortunately for some parents, trust and communication have broken down, and any conversations regarding child visits can seem impossible.
Donnelly & Elliott’s specialist family law team has extensive experience in dealing with issues around child arrangements. If you have concerns about your circumstances, Donnelly & Elliott 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 02392 50 55 00 or email email@example.com
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