Covid-19 has brought many difficulties this year. For separated parents there may have been disagreements with current child arrangements. On 24th April 2020, Cafcass launched their co-parent hub to try to provide parents with online tools to co-parent effectively during lockdown and the ongoing future.
How does it work?
Parents who wish to use the Cafcass co-parent hub will need to create a free online account. Once logged in, each parent can use the hub independently to set personal goals: this will then lead to personalised suggestions which will help each parent to reach their set goals.
‘Getting it right for Children’ is a short interactive programme which will take each parent through different arguments and scenarios and discuss how conflict could be resolved between co-parents. There are also videos to watch on communication between co-parents and also how to improve a child’s experience of co-parenting.
There is also an interactive Parenting Plan which is separated into subsections including education and money as well as contact arrangements, so that parents can create bespoke agreements in relation to their children.
As the co-parent hub is supported by Cafcass, there is a section dealing specifically with Covid-19 that covers official guidance as well as tips to help decision making about contact with each parent and child during the pandemic.
What happens if parents cannot agree on contact?
If parents cannot agree on child arrangements between each parent and the children, the parents could attend mediation. During mediation, a trained mediator can help parents work out an agreement in relation to child arrangements or child maintenance payments and finances. At Barrett & Co, our solicitor Paul Wild is a trained mediator and a member of Reading Family Mediation.
Also, if parents cannot agree on child arrangements an application to Court can be made, although in most circumstances the person making the application may be required to attend a MIAM (Mediation Information Assessment Meeting) before making an application.
Get in Touch
If you would like further information, Eleanor Pearson offers an initial one hour fixed fee meeting at a cost of £95 (inc. VAT). During these meeting we can discuss your personal circumstances, options and possible next steps.
Due to the current circumstances, meetings can occur via telephone. We are hoping that meetings at our office in Reading can occur soon. Please call the office on 0118 9589711 or email [email protected] if you would like to book a meeting.
Eleanor is a Family Law solicitor and is a member of Resolution. Eleanor specialises in divorce, financial matters and private children matters.