COVID-19 v Co-Parenting

April 15, 2020 Madsen Law

The Australian Federal Government has announced significant restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but what does this mean for the shared care of your child/children?

Whilst the rest of Australia has seemingly gone into lockdown the Family Courts certainly haven’t and have made it clear that despite the current pandemic, it is imperative that parents continue to comply with parenting agreements. Non-compliance with any Court Orders and parenting agreements will be deemed to not be in the best interests of the child/children.

Sometimes this isn’t always practical though so what can you do to ensure you are not in breach?

  1. Communication is key.

Some parenting arrangements may need to be amended because they simply won’t work during this time, for example, if changeover was supposed to be at school however, the school is now closed.

If something like this happens make sure you communicate with your ex-partner. Communication should be kept simple and straight to the point.

  • Have any changes to agreements put in writing.

Putting any changes to agreements in writing is important because it creates little space for doubt regarding the terms that have been agreed to. An agreement in writing also clarifies that both parties are on the same page.

  • Seek guidance if needed.

Madsen Law remains open to assist in guiding you moving forward.

This article was written by Abigail Pugh LLB at Madsen Law.