Coronavirus and the Family Courts
Divorce and separation are naturally very stressful.
There can be any number of important appointments, court hearings and meetings with professionals.
- Perhaps you have a vital court hearing to attend to sort out your finances?
- Perhaps the judge is going to decide this week how often you can see your children or even whether you can see them at all?
- Maybe you’ve been awarded much longed for contact in a contact centre and have to be there on a certain date at a particular time?
What should you do if you are forced to self-isolate or become ill with coronavirus and simply cannot attend?
What you should do if you get Coronavirus
- Communicate to the right person what has happened.
- Do not fail to turn up.
- If you have a solicitor and it’s during their working hours telephone your solicitor. He/she will organise making sure the right people know.
- If it is out of working hours and you are due at a Contact Centre, telephone the centre as soon as possible. There is huge pressure on contact places and the centre might be able to offer the slot to another family.
- If you have not got a solicitor, telephone the court.
You can find the number on your court papers or visit https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/search/. The switchboard operator will take a message and pass it on to the correct person.
If you are able to do so get a medical professional to write a note to say what was wrong and supply that.
If you speak to NHS 111 for advice there will be a recorded log of your call. https://111.nhs.uk/PWCorona/c6bda004-f3d0-4673-82f6-a92710c17ff1/COVID-19/about.
If you cannot see or speak to a health professional then telephoning your solicitor/court/contact centre to say you are unwell is better than leaving others to wonder where you were and whether you cared enough to turn up.More on Family Relationships
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