We keep hearing the term “we are all in this together”, and indeed we truly are. But if you are dealing with conflict with your child’s other parent, you may well be feeling that you are completely out on your own and overwhelmed. Our aim in this series of articles will be to help you work through this.
These are unprecedented times, and so the usual guide book has been thrown out the window. But maybe hearing about issues facing others will help you feel a sense of being less alone, and maybe even help with your ongoing decision making in this quickly changing environment.
One of the most common questions we have been asked is:-
Do I have to keep following the orders we have in place as a result of the pandemic?
Our answer is clear on one hand. Yes, you do. Unless you have a reasonable excuse to not follow the orders in order to protect the health or safety of your child (or you).
So what is a reasonable excuse really in this extraordinary time? These are some of the issues arising from that question we have dealt with over the past couple of weeks:
We really hope that the current challenges every single one of us is facing will actually help people work better together, and we have already seen this happening. For two parents who have in common the absolute desire to keep their shared children safe and to do the best for them, the current challenges might even help them find a way to more cooperatively co-parent into the future. But not everyone will be so lucky.
We will address more of the issues you might face in coming days.
All of us at Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers are still working (although from home for most of us), and here to help.