Parents are 'weaponising' coronavirus to stop partners having contact with their children23 Mar 2020 // In the press
Neil Russell gives his expert opinion in The Times and the Daily Mail.
Family Partner Neil Russell examines the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on divorce and childcare arrangements, saying “I have been doing this for 30 years and I have not seen anything like it concerning money or children. In many situations childcare arrangements may be precarious, and we have a catastrophic pandemic that is unsettling fragile working relationships between separated parents.”
Neil discusses a childcare arrangement where the children didn’t want to visit their father for fear “they could be stuck with the father, away from their usual home [with their mother], for two weeks if they need to self-isolate.”
“The mum also has a fear that the other parent may create a situation where they say, ‘We have to self-isolate and I can’t bring the children back.’ Where there is already distrust between parents, this virus inflates that distrust.”