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As of Thursday 19 November 2020, all persons in South Australia have been directed to stay at home, subject to some exceptions.

Fortunately, it is lawful for a person to leave home for the purpose of shared parenting arrangements, pursuant to a court order or otherwise by way of informal arrangement between the parents of a child.

It is important that you continue to act in the best interest of your child during this time.  We, therefore, recommend the following if you have a shared parenting arrangement in place for your child:

  1. Abide by your existing court order and/or parenting plan and/or informal arrangement, in respect of your child’s time spending arrangement with the other parent.
  2. If you are unable to adhere to the time spending arrangements as specified in paragraph 1 above, should you be permitted to do so,:

a. Communicate effectively with the other parent as a matter of priority;

b. Attempt to reschedule time for your child to spend with the other parent as soon as possible; and

c. Attempt to promote time spending by way of  Skype/FaceTime, so that your child can communicate and maintain contact with the other parent.

If you fail to abide by an existing court order, there may be serious legal consequences for you.  Contact us at Clarke Hemmerling Lawyers on (08) 8333 2130 should you require advice regarding the impact of the current SA Circuit Breaker restrictions on your shared parenting arrangements for your child.

This blog post does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is a general commentary on matters that may be of interest to you.  Formal legal or other professional advice should be sought before acting or relying on any matter arising from this communication.