Call our National Helpline on 0300 0300 363
Check availability times

The UK's leading Shared Parenting charity

Covid-19 - Children's 'contact' arrangements should continue to be observed

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, and Michael Gove MP confirmed that children's contact arrangements should continue to be observed.

The President of the Family Division yesterday (24th March 2020) published Coronavirus Crisis: Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders.  In his guidance, Sir Andrew explains that parents, who do not act sensibly and make unilateral decisions that undermine child-parent relationships, will need to justify their actions and demonstrate that they sought to make reasonable alternative arrangements to fulfill regular contact.

Earlier in the day Senior Cabinet minister Michael Gove MP caused some confusion by saying that children should not move between parents' homes. Shortly after his appearance on Good Morning Britain (GMB), he clarified on BBC Breakfast, Twitter and BBC Radio 4 that children with separated parents can travel between their two homes and apologised saying he had not been clear enough.

The official Government stay at home guidance currently states: “Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.”

Where a child is in the vulnerable category then parents should offer/request more extensive Facetime, WhatsApp, Skype, phone time, etc to maintain the child's relationships as well as is possible.

What do you think?

Send us feedback!

        Forgot Login?  

  Join us now...
Consider a small donation...

If you are using Amazon for purchases, please use their "Smile" programme and select us as the charity they will donate to.

 

What do you think?

Send us feedback!

FNF HSSF Kite Mark Award

Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families.

Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel

 

What do you think?

Send us feedback!

Upcoming Events

1/06/2020 Mon: London Central Solicitor's Clinic
1/06/2020 Mon: Reading Meeting
1/06/2020 Mon: London Central Meeting
2/06/2020 Tue: Harrow Branch Meetings
6/06/2020 Sat: Harrow Branch Meetings
8/06/2020 Mon: London Central Meeting
9/06/2020 Tue: Harrow Branch Meetings
9/06/2020 Tue: Brighton & Crawley Online Meeting
10/06/2020 Wed: Cambridge Meeting
13/06/2020 Sat: Harrow Branch Meetings
15/06/2020 Mon: Nottingham Meeting
15/06/2020 Mon: London North Meeting (Solicitor Attending)
15/06/2020 Mon: Reading Meeting
15/06/2020 Mon: London Central Meeting
16/06/2020 Tue: Harrow Branch Meetings
20/06/2020 Sat: Harrow Branch Meetings
22/06/2020 Mon: London Central Meeting