To provide further clarity around how parties should be approaching shared care arrangements and any changeover during the lockdown period for Covid-19.
This information is from the FDR Centre’s social media pages:
The Principal Family Court Judge, Jacquelyn Moran, has issued a statement offering guidance to parents or caregivers who share custody.
The key points she made were:
Generally, children in the same communities can continue to go between their homes, unless:
Parents and caregivers should discuss if shared custody arrangements would allow COVID-19 to potentially spread without them being aware and reach an agreement. This may mean the child may stay with one parent/caregiver for the initial 4 week period.
If children are moving:
Parents must put aside their conflict at this time and make decisions that are in the best interests of the children and their families, as well as the wider community. This global pandemic should not be seen as an opportunity for parents to unilaterally change established care arrangements without cause or otherwise behave in a manner inconsistent with the child’s best interests or the court ordered care arrangements.