Is it OK for me to take my daughter to see her father who lives across the border in England? He thinks its OK but I’m not sure and don’t want to go against government guidelines.

Government guidelines say that it is OK for a child whose parents are not together to have contact with their “other parent” during the coronavirus.  However, both parents need to look at the circumstances and make a judgement as to whether this is the correct and safe thing to do.  This means looking at both households, e.g. does anyone have the virus, or symptoms, or come into a vulnerable category or are shielding or are a key worker.

Recent changes to lockdown rules might confuse the situation slightly as, for instance, England have different guidelines to Scotland, but really the issue here is about UK government guidelines on children being able to see both parents and not about travel between different parts of the UK.  You can check out UK guidelines here.  If you need to discuss this further contact our Helpline on 0808 801 0323.  Or you could contact the Scottish Child Law Centre for advice.

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