The second lockdown which came into place on 5 November 2020 has made it somewhat confusing and difficult for separated parents to spend time with their children and grandparents seeing their loved grandchildren.
The government stated that “where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ home”. Therefore, if you are a separated parent who shares care of your child with someone you do not live with, that child is able to move between both homes.
The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) also issued guidance in March 2020, reminding us that parental responsibility rests with parents and not with the Court; and stating that ‘the expectation must be that parents will care for children by acting sensibly and safely when making decisions regarding the arrangements for their child and deciding where and with whom their child spends time.’
Therefore, parents should act in the best interest of their children and consider taking into account. The child’s health, if anyone is showing symptoms or risk of infection and lastly, consider if there are any vulnerable people in either homes.
Plan Ahead with EP Legal:
The Chancellor has announced that the ‘Furlough Scheme” may be extended until 31 March 2021. This could potentially suggest the second lockdown which began on 5 November 2020 due to end on 2 December 2020, may be extended.
Therefore, it would be a good idea to consider and plan your arrangements for children in your case well in advance and seek legal advice if you are unsure of your options. EP Legal is here to help and provide support to all parents/grandparents and relatives who have been finding it difficult to arrange contact with their loved ones, so please get in touch with a member of the team at EP Legal for legal assistance.
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