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Available Expert - Post-separation parenting in the time of COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Queen’s University Family Law expert Nicholas Bala is available to comment on a recent court case that addressed post-separation parenting in the time of COVID-19.

The mother of the child in this case brought an urgent motion to suspend all in-person access to the father because of the pandemic.  She doesn’t want the child to leave the home during this time. She also raised concerns about the possibility that the father might not maintain proper social distancing practices while the child is in his care.  The judge ruled that previously access should go ahead.

“This is an important decision for separated parents and family lawyers, but more broadly it signals that the justice system expects people to respond to this crises in a responsible way, and that when the crisis is over, those who have been irresponsible will be held accountable,” says Professor Bala. “In his response the judge says that a child spending time with both parents is presumptively ‘essential’ for their welfare and society. This is a child focused decision.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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