Here Are Our Top Tips!
Co-Parenting can be challenging at the best of times, but the current situation with COVID-19 is a new and understandably distressing challenge that is bound to put a great strain on families and co-parenting relationships.
With this in mind, we have created a list of top tips to help smooth the journey in the coming months of uncertainty:
1. Make time to talk with the other parent about your concerns and fears for your children and try to come up with an agreement on social interaction, schooling, exercise, screen time that both parents are comfortable with.
2. Keep in mind that the main priority is the health, welfare and safety of the children. Co-parents may need to be more flexible with routine than normal.
3. Take time to talk to the children about the COVID-19 situation and the impact it may have on their normal routine and time with each parent.
4. Act in the best interests of the children and as much as possible comply with any Court Orders that are in place, including facilitating time for the carer and parent.
5. Understand that in circumstances where someone close to one of the parents, or a parent themselves has been exposed to COVID-19, the normal routine and movement of children between households may be restricted.
6. If it is necessary to vary Court Orders because of individual circumstances, it is best to make these agreements in writing and seek legal advice.
7. If the children’s time with one parent has been restricted, maintain regular contact through video conferencing, social media and phone calls.
8. If you are struggling to come to agreement with you co-parent, seek legal advice.