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Child arrangements over Christmas – dealing with Covid

Throughout the Covid pandemic, the government and the family courts have been clear that children should spend time with both parents, if it is safe to do so. With the changes introduced at the weekend in relation to Christmas, it is worth restating that where parents are separated, despite the fact that they may be living in a Tier 4 region and cannot meet other people indoors – including on Christmas Day – children with one or both parents in Tier 4 may continue to visit their other parent’s home, as was the case previously. The fact that there has been a change to the tiering system does not impact child arrangements over Christmas.

Students over the age of 18 can, however, only form a bubble as part of the household to which to they returned. In other words, the rules in relation to younger children do not apply to students.

There is more detailed information on the government website .

Jo qualified as a solicitor in 1992 having completed her training at leading Cambridge firms Taylor Vinters and Thompson and Co. After qualification, Jo moved to J Garrard and Allen in Olney where she established the family department. In 1994 Jo was made a Partner at J Garrard and Allen and continued to build and develop the practice. Jo trained as a mediator with Resolution in 1996.

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