In light of the governments recent ‘stay at home’ guidance, separated parents will undoubtedly have questions as to where this leaves them in ensuring they continue to have regular contact with their children.
Government guidance released this morning is clear that the ‘stay at home measures’ do not preclude a child moving between parent’s homes and the current situation should not be seen as an opportunity to prevent contact unnecessarily.
It has long been accepted that children benefit from having a relationship with both parents and this should be maintained as far as is practicable. However, it is important during these difficult times that your child’s welfare is of first and foremost consideration and rules surrounding self-isolation should still be followed. In the event anyone in the household shows symptoms of Coronavirus, you should follow the government advice to self-isolate.
If you do consider it necessary to suspend contact due to self-isolation, you should notify and seek agreement from the other parent as soon as possible, ideally in writing. In the event contact does not take place as planned, then indirect contact becomes more important and we would encourage parents to ensure that children are provided the opportunity to contact the other parent via other means (Telephone, Facetime, messaging etc) .
What is safest and in a child’s best interest will depend on the circumstances of each case. If you have any questions regarding child arrangements during this time, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01603 679050 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.