Specialist Family Law solicitor, Alison Cantor, discusses the issues co-parenting families are facing during the Coronavirus outbreak.
No one wants to miss seeing their children but during these unusual times, parents will need to be flexible and cooperative.
If there is a Court order in place, the Government has issued guidance on compliance with Child Arrangements Orders in these times. See the attached link for details.
Briefly, the guidance states that parents must act sensibly and safely when making decisions regarding child arrangements and must abide by Government rules on staying at home. Children whose parents do not live in the same household can be moved between their parents’ homes.
The guidelines are appropriate even where there is no order in place and parents are agreeing arrangements between themselves.
It is vital that children remain in contact with both parents for their emotional wellbeing. Consider what would suit your children, you and your wider family best, to keep everyone safe.
If changes need to be made, then consider the following:
The best thing parents can do is communicate with each other to ensure their children maintain contact with both of their parents during this difficult time.
If you have any queries about how this affects you or your family, the specialist team of Family Law solicitors at Holmes and Hills can assist you and offer an initial fixed fee appointment over the telephone or by Facetime/Skype or other such medium, to give you the guidance you need. Contact a specialist by calling 01376 320456 (Essex) or 01787 275275 (Suffolk).
Holmes & Hills Solicitors has offices in Braintree, Sudbury, Halstead, Coggeshall and Tiptree and is opening a new regional head office, the A12 Commercial Hub, in summer 2020. During the Coronavirus outbreak, advice and services are being provided without the need for clients to attend an office.