We understand from our conversation with clients, that many parents have concerns about the safety of their children in this unprecedented time in the world dealing with the COVID-19 virus and their ability to comply with their current Orders and how the Court may view the current situation. These issues include but are not limited to:

  1. How changeover would occur due to the ‘social distancing’ rules.
  2. Which parent will care for the children in the case that Australia goes into full ‘lockdown’.
  3. What happens if parents have to make a decision to keep their children home from school? Whose decision is this? How do the parties agree in these situations?
  4. Likewise, for those parents amidst court proceedings they may be facing uncertainty as to when their case will be rescheduled or whether it will instead go ahead via telephone.

On 26 March 2020, the Family Court of Australia released a press statement discussing the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on parenting orders. The Family Court press release provides answers to these questions and the Court has confirmed that it will remain open to assist parties, and to provide parents with some general guidance and how the Court would view these unprecedented times. For more information and to view the full article click the link below.
Lewis Holdway Lawyers can also provide you with advice on these issues. If you have any questions in relation to how this pandemic may affect your co-parenting arrangements, please call our office on 9629 9629 or our dedicated family law hotline on 0417 537 861.

Family Court of Australia press release: https://bit.ly/2WLncHi