Many separated parents are being faced with the challenges of Covid-19 and what it means for them when it comes to contact with their children.
The recent government stay at home guidance states that individuals may not leave or be outside their home except when they have a “reasonable excuse”. A “reasonable excuse” does include continuing existing contact arrangements between parents and children where they live apart.
Exception not a rule
Therefore, the mandatory stay at home rule does not apply to children being able to move between households for the purposes of contact. However, many parents are concerned about the risks involved when their children are moving from home to home.
The President of the Family Division has noted that although there is an exemption to the rule is does not mean that children must be moved between homes. A parent should make the decision after assessing their circumstances for example their child’s health, risk of infection and the presence of any recognised vulnerable individuals in one home or the other.
Tips for parents when faced with this issue
Covid-19 has impacted many lives and has altered the way we all are currently living. If the current Covid-19 restrictions has caused you to consider making changes to a contact agreement or vary a Court Order; then consideration and thought should be given as to what other safe alternative arrangements you can make to ensure that contact can continue.
To discuss your matter with one of our Family Law specialists please contact a member of the family team by emailing email@example.com or calling on 01708 229444.
This article was written by Rukhma Sohail, Solicitor in the Family Law Team. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as of January 2021.