On Monday 23 March 2020 the UK government introduced further measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which included major nationwide restrictions requiring people to stay at home except for very limited purposes (the ‘Stay at Home Rules’). The relevant authorities including the police are to have the power to enforce these measures including through fines. Such restrictions are due to be reviewed after 3 weeks. This has led numerous separated parents to question whether they can comply with the terms of their Child Arrangements Order safely, and what they should do if not.
The President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice has on 24 March 2020 now issued some general guidance in respect of Child Arrangement Orders in order to assist members of the public. The guidance does make clear however that as the circumstances of each child and family will differ, any advice can only be in the most general form. In summary, the general advice is as follows:
Whilst the above general advice has been issued in order to assist members of the public, it has been specifically acknowledged that the circumstances of each child and family will differ. In the event of a dispute between parents, it may, therefore, be very beneficial to seek early advice from a family solicitor.
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We do not have public parking at our office but there are pay and display car parks a few minutes walk away on St Joseph's Way and St Wilfred's Way, by the Tesco Express and Orchard Shopping Centre.
If you are using public transport we are a 20 minute walk from Haywards Heath train station and a short walk from a number of bus stops.