Covid-19 continues to impact our lives, health, financial security and family. The Family Law system is acutely aware of the impact that Covid-19 has on families and has issued further guidance in relation to Parenting Orders. Here is how COVID-19 is affecting your parenting orders as of 26th March 2020.
The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Honourable William Alstergren issued a statement on 26 March 2020 particularly in relation to the impact of Parenting Orders and Covid- 19.
The Chief Justice has issued general guidance to assist in these difficult times, as summarised below:
To act reasonably, or to have a reasonable excuse for not complying with Court orders, is a matter that is considered by the Court (pursuant to Section 70NAE of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)).
The Honourable William Alstergren also reiterates the importance of mediation. We have mediators at Watts McCray Lawyers who would be able to assist in your matter.
Regular guidance is being provided by the Law Society, the Family Law section and the Court. We will provide updates to our website in relation to the same.
We again remind you of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia top 10 guide published recently for separated parents during COVID-19 including the impact this may have on parenting orders or court proceedings. In relation to the practical arrangements for parenting orders, it is noted:
Watts McCray Lawyers continue to be able to advise our existing clients and any new clients experiencing family law issues by telephone and arrangements can also be put in place for video conferencing as appropriate. Please see our blog about the changes we have implemented: Watts McCray addresses the challenges of COVID-19.
If you would like to read the Statement from the Honourable William Alstergren, the full statement can be access here: