Access during the COVID-19 Pandemic

custody during COVID-19

Separated or divorced parents who have co-parenting arrangements in place may be wondering whether access is to continue “as usual” during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the recent decision of Ribeiro v. Wright, Justice Pazaratz confirmed that the presumption is that access is generally expected to continue pursuant to an existing Order or written agreement. In some cases, modifications may be required in order to meet COVID-19 health and safety protocols.  Situations that may require a modification to, or a departure from, the current arrangements may include the following: where a parent is under a requirement to self-isolate, parental risk factors such as employment, and lifestyle or social behaviours such as a refusal to respect social distancing protocols. Even in situations where access can and should continue “as usual”, the parties may need to consider changing the location of access exchanges (for example from a shopping center to a direct at home drop off) or changing transportation arrangements. 

The expectation is that parents and families act reasonably in the face of this crisis and attempt problem solving and cooperation prior to engaging the court system when access issues arise. 

If you have any questions about your family law matter or whether a COVID-19 related change to your parenting arrangements may be required, you can arrange a consultation with one of our family law lawyers by calling: 519-621-7260. 


Dear Clients and Visitors,

At Pavey, Law LLP the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, clients, contacts, and colleagues is foremost in our minds as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak.

To do our part to reduce the risk of, we have adjusted our business operations by implementing the following protocols:

The firm has limited client meetings to urgent matters only and moved to teleconferencing where appropriate.  Clients will be contacted directly to make alternative meeting arrangements or to reschedule.

If you are attending our office for an urgent meeting and/or delivery, no client or visitor shall be permitted into our office, if:

They have traveled internationally or have been in close contact with someone who has travelled internationally any time in the past 14 days; or

They have any reason to believe that they might otherwise have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or

They are exhibiting any symptoms of infection (e.g. fever, dry cough, shortness of breath or other breathing difficulties).

Should the outbreak result in a full office closure, we have a contingency plan to implement remote work capabilities and have technology to ensure our accounting systems and data are available and secure. By modifying our operations and working remotely, our lawyers and staff will continue to be responsive to your legal and business needs.

Limited access into our Reception will be permitted to exchange documents and to accept deliveries and payments.


We wish everyone well as we collectively navigate this global health challenge.

Pavey Law LLP