Parents are advised to facilitate continued access for their child and may wish to note that not doing so may result in a breach of the terms of their court order. Face-to-face access is still allowed with movement and travel kept to a minimum. Parents should co-operate with each other, and find practical and suitable solutions that serve the best interests of their children while complying with the prevailing safe distancing measures.
Co-parenting is important to enable children to continue to develop well. Studies show that acrimony between divorced parents can affect children adversely. Parents should therefore try to put aside their differences and make decisions in the best interests of their children.
If there is mutual agreement, parents can also consider varying the arrangements or arranging access remotely through telephone, video calls or other online platforms. Parents who are still unable to reach an agreement may seek their own legal advice or email the Family Justice Courts Registry at [email@example.com] for issues relating to custody and access.
Turning to the court for the enforcement of access orders should be the last resort. Parents can seek counselling and emotional support during difficult times..