Every family’s circumstances are different. During the current Covid-19 environment, it may be difficult for some to comply with court orders. This may occur for a number of reasons, including where an order stipulates that contact with a parent is to occur at a designated contact centre, which may not be currently operating. Many state borders are also closed, which may influence some arrangements.
As per the NSW Government website, you may leave your home or temporary accommodation to facilitate arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children or siblings, or children under the age of 18 who do not live in the same household as their parents or siblings. It is considered a ‘reasonable excuse’ to the current Greater Sydney lockdown order, meaning individuals are still able to be a visitor in the Greater Sydney area if required to comply with a court order. You are also able to leave your home for the purposes of facilitating this time.
Parents and carers are still expected to comply with court orders in relation to parenting arrangements, consistent with their responsibilities to act in their children’s best interests. The Courts expect that parents and carers will continue to act in the best interests of their children. Whilst in the current circumstances, strict compliance with court orders may be difficult, parents or carers must act reasonably. The Court, if necessary, will determine whether you have a reasonable excuse for not complying with Court orders.
For more information you may contact Service NSW. Alternatively, for specific legal advice in relation to your current situation, contact our office to speak to one of our lawyers.