Support Bubbles – Life for Single Parent Families post COVID-19

On 10th June 2020, Boris Johnson announced the new easing of social restrictions at his daily press conference, in a move to alleviate loneliness among adults struggling on their own. [Read More]

These guidelines applied from midnight on Saturday 13th June, meaning some grandparents have now been able to hug their grandchildren for the first time in months; whilst other couples who have lived apart during lockdown can be reunited.

The new rules will mean single parents and children under the age of 18 that they live with, as well as single adults living alone, can enter one other household and even stay overnight without maintaining the two-meter distance rule.

A single-person household will be able to join together with a multi-person household, so a lone parent could, for example, visit their children’s grandparents in another part of England for help and stay for an extended period. Obviously, this does not apply to anyone who is classified under the shielding category.

The Prime Minister explained that “We are making this change to support those who are particularly lonely as a result of lockdown measures. It’s a targeted intervention to limit the most harmful effects of the current social restrictions. It is emphatically not designed for people who don’t qualify to start meeting inside other people’s homes, because that remains against the law.”

According to the Office for National Statistics, there are 2.9 million lone parent households registered in the UK.

Family lawyers have asked for clarity on the support bubble package as children are already moving between two parents’ homes where they live apart and arguably that’s already a bubble of two households. However, the guidance advises that it can’t be extended past two households together.

The concern is that there are multiple households being connected by virtue of children moving between their parents’ home already and then moving between a grandparents’ home which now needs further clarity.

The Government may need to clarify the guidance for child arrangements relating to the single parent bubble support, but at Price Slater Gawne we can give you clear advice on the law relating to arrangements for your children.

We can advise you of the fastest and most effective route to resolve any dispute relating to child arrangements, and if necessary, through a court process.

At Price Slater Gawne we can offer sympathetic and objective advice to ensure that any issues concerning arrangements for children are resolved with the least amount of stress. We understand that arrangements and issues concerning children can be very emotional and stressful, particularly where they concern discussions with your former partner.

If you wish to discuss anything further, please contact one of our family law experts Carole Nettleton on carole.nettleton@psg-law.co.uk or 07958 028069 or Nicholas Clough on nicholas.clough@psg-law.co.uk or 07538 385956 or via our main telephone number 0161 615 5554.

If you are based outside of the Manchester area, we can correspond with you by email and arrange interviews by phone, Skype, Facetime or Zoom.