Self-Isolation – Does this mean I can’t see my child?
If a parent tests positive for Coronavirus, the Court is likely to determine that the child should not see that parent during the advised self-isolation stage. It is important to follow the NHS guidance on self-isolation. Although this may be in breach of a Child Arrangements Order (“CAO”) it is vital to take this step to protect the welfare of the child.
If a parent or child shows any symptoms of coronavirus (e.g. a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), the Government’s guidance to all individuals living with the parent or child with symptoms is to self isolate for 14 days. Again, this may mean that the terms of the CAO are temporarily varied, however, these are exceptional circumstances and it is important to keep your child safe and stop the spread of the virus.
In the event you are temporarily restricted from seeing your child, as a result of self-isolation, there are many other ways in which you can maintain a relationship with your child and keep in contact.
The Court will expect alternative arrangements to be made to establish regular contact within the ‘Stay at Home’ Rules. For example, you may be able to contact your child via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, telephone calls or text message. It may only be a temporary measure for contact, but it may be necessary to ensure your child remains safe, healthy and in contact with both parents.
How can Ellis Jones help?
If you require any further advice in relation to the above or if you are unable to agree safe alternative contact arrangements for your child, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our expert Family Law Solicitors on 01202 636223 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.