COVID-19 Shared Parenting Update

COVID-19 Shared Parenting Update

The latest order made by the Director-General of Health includes a reference to shared care arrangements. Separated parents operating under a shared care arrangement during the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown period should be aware of the following:

  1. A child can leave the household of one parent to visit or stay at the household of the other parent if there is a “shared bubble” arrangement
  2. Each “shared bubble” should include two households only. There should ideally not be more than two households coming into contact with each other
  3. All adults residing in both households should consent to the shared care arrangement
  4. The households should be in the same or neighbouring Health Board Districts

 There is also further guidance on how to deal with shared parenting during Covid-19 on the Ministry of Justice’s website here.

If you would like assistance in managing your shared care arrangement during Covid-19, please contact one of our family lawyers at law@turnerhopkins.co.nz.

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