Self Isolation – What Does This Mean For Child/Parent Contact Arrangements?
There has been a confusion since the guidance to self isolation was released – what happens if you have a Children Arrangements Order in place (i.e. “contact” order)? Do you still have contact with your child, even if they are self isolating with the other parent? Should the child simply stay in the home that they were in at the date and time of the Government’s announcement to self isolate?
Whilst measures were announced to slow down the spread of Covid-19, many parents have been left scratching their head and wondering whether contact between separated parents and their child(ren) is considered a “necessity” for the child to leave home.
Guidance has now been provided in relation to this and the Cabinet Office guidance states that children under 18 can travel between their separated parents’ homes. So yes, contact between you and your child should continue.
There are concerns that existing agreements may be disregarded for the duration of the crisis. Those that disregard the agreements or Court Orders may believe that they are outsmarting the Court system, but the guidance clearly states that those agreements or Court Orders should continue to be abided by.
No doubt there will suddenly be an influx of enforcement applications for breaches for those who are denying contact during this crisis, particularly if there is a pattern of historic hostility towards the other parent.
This information provided in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice and each relationship breakdown requires careful consideration in our view by a person fully qualified before decisions are made and before you embark on a certain course of action.
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