The Government restrictions have caused a lot of disruption with everyday life but it should not necessarily impact whether your child(ren) should stop having contact with their other parent.

The Government has made it clear that it is ultimately for the parents of the children with Parental Responsibility to make a decision about contact arrangements by considering any safety concerns. The Courts have made it clear that parents must abide by the ‘Rules on Staying at Home and Away from Others’ issued by the Government on 23rd March 2020.

That being said, whilst the general rule is that everyone should stay at home (other than for limited exceptions), the Government has confirmed that children under the age of 18 may be moved between their parents’ homes. It is important to be clear that this is not an absolute rule that the children should move between homes but rather than the current Government guidance does not prohibit it.

This therefore leaves an element of uncertainty for both parents and requires a level of co-operation that is not always possible especially where you cannot agree what is in the child(ren)’s best interests. Ultimately as a parent you will be asked to consider all the circumstances in order to determine whether to allow/pursue contact in accordance with any agreement/Court Order.

If you are experiencing any difficulties seeing your child(ren), or you require assistance with any other matter (even if it is not family related) please do not hesitate to contact Gill Turner Tucker on 01622 759 051. The Firm is still open for business and we look forward to helping you with any legal enquiries you may have during this uncertain time.