On 23rd March 2020, the government issued advice on social distancing and warning people to stay inside their homes and avoid any contact with non-household family members. However, the guidance explained where parents do not live in the same household, children under the ages of 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.
The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, provided additional advice on 24th March 2020, Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangements Order. Sir Andrew McFarlane addresses the current Coronavirus crisis and highlights the concerns of the parents, whose children are subject to a Child Arrangements Order made by the Family Court. Understandably, the parents will be concerned about how they will be able to meet the requirements of the court orders safely in the unforeseen Covid-19 pandemic.
Sir Andrew McFarlane sets out some general advice on how parents should adhere to the Child Arrangements Order (CAO) and continue seeing their child. Please see below;
In this Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19), causing restrictions on social meetings in these unprecedented times, such that a parent cannot meet their child, “the spirit of the order should nevertheless be delivered by making safe alternative arrangements for the child.”
If you require family law advice surrounding child contact, then give our Family Team a call today on 0161 491 8520.