Coronovirus And Child Arrangements Orders

During this unforeseen pandemic may parents will be very worried about ensuring their children are safe.

Our experienced Family Law Solicitors are able to provide advice based on the individual facts of each family and child.

The Courts will expect parents to behave sensibly and safely when making decisions about with whom and where their children spend time.

All parents must comply with the Government guidance to stay at home and maintain a safe distance from others whilst staying safe and reducing the spread of infection.

The Government’s guidance with regard to child arrangements says “Where parents do not live in the household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents homes”. However, this does not mean that children must be moved between homes. Parents must therefore make a sensible assessment and take into account their children’s health, risk of infection and the presence of any recognised vulnerable individuals in one household or the other. We provide advice on when a Child Arrangements Order should be suspended or varied and what would be required if parents reach an agreement or if one parent decides to vary the arrangements without the other’s consent.

The Court will expect parents to explore what alternative arrangements can be made to establish and maintain regular contact between their children and the other parent. The key message is that if a Child Arrangements Order is varied then the spirit of the Order should be delivered by making safe alternative arrangements.

For further information on any of the above or any other family matter contact Marie Whittaker or Lee Marston for a free, no obligation interview on 0161 764 5266 or via email