Abby Westell, legal director at Rayden Solicitors in Bishop’s Stortford, answers the question ‘Has the pandemic altered the status quo of child arrangements?’
Many families will have had to adapt their arrangements over the last year while juggling child care, home-schooling, working from home, caring responsibilities, and many will have shared that responsibility with their children’s other parent.
For some, prior to the pandemic there may have been an informal arrangement in place, while for others, there may have been a court order setting out arrangements. A change in those arrangements during the pandemic may have led to one parent seeing more of the children than the previous arrangement provided for.
I have received many enquiries asking whether the change in arrangements and responsibilities during the pandemic constitutes a permanent or a temporary change and whether it has changed the status quo, so often relied upon by the courts.