26 March 2020
The current coronavirus lockdown is something we are all having to adjust to in our daily lives.
If you have children and are separated from the other parent, the lockdown does not prevent you from seeing your child.
Indeed, the lockdown does not give separated parents an excuse to breach a Court Order and stop your child or children from spending time with their other parent.
Taking your children to see the other parent and picking them up afterwards is currently deemed as essential travel, if it can take place safely.
Should you be unable to allow any direct contact because of health concerns based on public health guidance, such as when someone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19 or a child may have one of the underlying health conditions which make them more vulnerable, then you should consider allowing the other parent to speak to your child or children via telephone, FaceTime, Zoom or Skype. It is after all in the best interests of your children to have a good relationship with both parents and indirect contact is also important.
If you have any concerns about family law or want to discuss your current circumstances please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling Hayley Eachus on 01256 854633 or by emailing [email protected]
During these difficult times our Town Gate office in Basingstoke is temporarily closed to visitors unless by prior appointment when meeting in person is essential. However, thanks to our lawyers being able to work remotely, Phillips remains fully open for business and can discuss family law issues or any other legal matters by telephone and video conference.
This article is current at the date of publication set out above and is for reference purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking any action.
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