As the country gradually begins to re-open, some parents who were unable to see their children during lockdown will be anxious to reinstate arrangements for contact.
There may have been genuine reasons for child arrangements being suspended, such as concerns about health and parents who may be shielding. However, we are aware of rare instances where the lockdown was used to one parent’s advantage to deliberately frustrate contact.
If you are in a position where the other parent is preventing contact, despite child arrangements which would usually be in place, here are some suggestions.
What should I do to get things back on track?
- Ask the other parent to confirm the date when they say contact can start again
- Check what arrangements will be in place for the children when they to return to childcare/school
- Ask the other parent to set out their reasons why, preferably in writing, why contact can’t resume if it is being refused.What do they say has changed since lockdown?
- Have they been allowing video call contact? If not, why not?
- Access the Cafcass website for guidance about how to resolve disputes and try and agree a parenting plan.
Guidance from Specialists
There are times when communicating with the other parent presents its own challenges, and in those instances, we can assist.
All of our family law team are members of Resolution (a non-confrontational approach to family law) and include qualified mediators and collaborative practitioners, such that we will always try and resolve disputes amicably and in the best interests of the children.
If you would like to speak to our team about establishing post-lockdown child arrangements, please call us on 0161 969 3131 or fill in our contact form and one of the team will be in touch.