Earlier this week I published a blog giving my thoughts on how to deal with a situation where you are separated, self-isolating, and you share the care of your children with their other parent. Things seem to be moving very fast indeed and only a few days later on 23rd March, our Prime Minister announced further measures to stall the spread of the Coronavirus, requesting social distancing to a greater level and this raised further questions about the movement of your children between households.
Remembering that the announcement was clear in that you may only leave your house for:
- Shopping trips for necessary food and essential medicines;
- For exercise however this is limited to once per day;
- For any medical needs for yourself or anyone you are caring for;
- To go to work, but only if you are unable to work from home.
It raised the question on whether these new guidelines mean that the movement of your children between households is allowed or not.
"children under the age of 18 can
indeed move between households"
Subsequent to the announcement, Michael Gove made it clear on BBC Breakfast (after making a blunder and suggesting otherwise on Good Morning Britain) that children under the age of 18 can indeed move between households.
It is vital for children to have contact with both parents and where arrangements are in place, where possible, these should be maintained. It’s totally reasonable however to discuss the current arrangements with their other parent to see what adjustments can be made at this time. These can be as simple as moving around a few days so as to reduce the number of moves between households.
"Put aside any grievances you may
have in order to ensure that your full
attention is on the wellbeing of your children"
I said this in my previous blog and I reiterate it here. For any of this to be dealt with in a sensible manner and with the children’s best interests at the heart of the matter, you need full co-operation from all parties. Put aside any grievances you may have in order to ensure that your full attention is on the wellbeing of your children at this very difficult and worrying time.
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