COVID-19 - Guidance on child contact arrangements

COVID-19 - Guidance on child contact arrangements

31 March 2020 Beth Woodward

Many clients have been in contact with us this week seeking advice about whether they should vary the arrangements they have agreed for their children in light of COVID 19 and the requirement to self-isolate as much as possible. They are understandably concerned about children moving back and forth between households, particularly when the other parent is taking a different approach to risk, or is a key worker exposed daily to the corona virus.  The courts have issued the following guidance:

https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/coronavirus-crisis-guidance-on-compliance-with-family-court-child-arrangement-orders/

Essentially, whatever decision you make, it is best if you are able to communicate with the other parent and reach an agreement. It is a balancing exercise in risk, but you must be prepared and able to justify any decision to change arrangements. It is recommended that you record any agreement to vary settled arrangements in writing.

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