As you are no doubt aware, Queensland Government as at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday 26 March 2020 has implemented restricted entry to Queensland in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
What does this mean for parenting arrangements?
The current border restrictions in Queensland do allow for a general compassionate grounds’ exemption which includes compliance with a court order, and specifically parenting orders. On that basis, you should do all things within your power to ensure that the parenting arrangements pursuant to an order of the court, or a parenting plan, continue.
If you or the other parent agree that the child/children should remain with one parent for a specified period of time that differs from any court order, parenting order or parenting plan then you should ensure the change is recorded in writing. The agreement may also include the provision for make-up time with the other parent as soon as possible.
It is paramount that if either parent is required to self-isolate with your child/children they ensure that there is ongoing communication regarding the health and safety of the children and electronic communication is encouraged and facilitated during this time.
If you are of the view that there are compelling reasons for the child to be withheld, you should obtain legal advice about your specific circumstances.
If you require assistance during this time, our office remains open. Please contact us on (07) 5619 5933 and speak with Stephanie Murray or one of our competent family law team who will be happy to assist you.