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Coronavirus Guidance:Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

Guidance issued by The Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane

  • New guidance issued on 24th March 2020, by the The Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane, states that.

    1. Parental responsibility of a child who is subject of a CAO rests with the parents of the child, and not the court. It is expected that parents will act safely and sensibly when making decisions about their child. 

    2. Parents but still abide by the 'Rules on Staying at Home and Away from Others', the rules of which also apply to a child. 

    3. Government guidelines say "Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents' homes.". This is considered an exception to the mandatory requirement, but it does not mean the child should be moved. The decision is for the parents to decide based on their safe and sensible assessment of the situation. 

    Read the guidance in full here:

News, published: 25/03/2020


Published: 25/03/2020


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