Support for Families in Lockdown
The Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night effectively places the U.K. into lockdown for a minimum of three weeks. This creates even greater uncertainty among adults but we should not forget the impact it has on children too. For children, their world has also been turned upside down and they find it much harder to understand than adults do. They have had to finish their school year unexpectedly early. They have not had the chance to complete the exams they have been working towards and they have had to reduce their interactions with friends. There will also be many children living within separated households and feeling unsure about the impact on their agreed child living arrangements after divorce or separation. They, as well as their parents, may be wondering how these imposed restrictions will affect how they see the non-resident parent and how court orders can be complied with at this time.
CAFCASS, the government body which routinely assists parents and the court with disputes, have produced this helpful parenting guide:
We encourage you to read and share this with the other parent. We appreciate that such uncertainty puts even more pressure on delicate relations but now, more than ever, children need to remain at the forefront of your thinking.
** 30.03.2020 An update **
Resolution has also launched a dedicated page for parents and families which it will continue to update. Please do have a look here:
The President of the Family Division has also released a short statement offering parents for advice on their current Child Arrangement Orders during the lockdown, and can be found here:
We wholeheartedly endorse the views of the President that the spirit of any Order, or arrangement, should be maintained despite the logistical restrictions we are currently subject to. While we accept that this situation is incredibly difficult for all, the children’s welfare should remain the paramount concern.
Although our offices are closed, our solicitors and support staff are working remotely and remain able to assist you with any concerns or problems you may be facing. Please drop us a line and we will arrange a meeting to suit, whether by telephone, or video conferencing.