Parenting and Shared Care in Light of Covid-19

Parenting and Shared Care in Light of Covid-19

A common question which has arisen recently is how the current Covid-19 level 4 lockdown affects children under shared care arrangements.

Children with parents in the same community can continue to move between the homes of each parent, however, the situation is more complex if families are in different towns or communities.

If a child is unwell or has been in contact with someone who has been overseas in the last 14 days or someone who has the Covid-19 virus or is being tested, the child should remain in one household.

Safety precautions should be adopted at the time of changeover, for example, if appropriate, masks and gloves should be worn and social distancing observed. 

If it is not possible for children to safely move between homes, parents need to be flexible in putting place arrangements for children to have indirect contact with the other parent e.g by way of Skype or Facetime.

Ultimately, all decisions that are made for children at this time should be centred around what is in their best interests.

For more information, read here to view the Principal Family Court Judge’s press statement on 24 March 2020.

The Turner Hopkins family law team are available to provide assistance during this trying time. If you require any assistance, please email law@turnerhopkins.co.nz and one of our family lawyers will contact you.

[Valid as at 2:46pm on 26 March 2020]

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