What positives can we take from the COVID-19 experienceCOVID-19 has gifted us with the ability to spend more time with loved ones including our children. For many Australian families, this was a gift; for others, it was an obstacle too great.

Whether it be parents working from home or children adjusting to home-schooling, we have all been given a valuable lesson in flexibility and resilience.

The things we’ve all worried about

Many parents have expressed concern over the cost of school shut down on their child’s education.

They worry about their inability to socialise with classmates or participate in organised sport and extracurricular activities.

It is obvious that families have had to turn to unconventional methods to foster their child’s development and it is important to consider the ways COVID-19 has provided our children a range of compelling life experiences that no classroom lesson can imitate.

Coronavirus won’t be a history lesson for your kids – it will be a lived experience

Rather than reading history books, our children have watched firsthand, the world responding to a pandemic that will form part of our day-to-day life in the future.

They have witnessed the power of the State and its ability to restrain many of our basic freedoms (designed with public health first in mind). They have also witnessed the power of shared action and observed what can be achieved when communities work together.

Closer to home, the shutdown has provided children the opportunity to see parents or carers prove abilities such as ingenuity, innovation, change, care and strength. Many children will have had the opportunity for the first time to join their Mums and Dads in preparing meals and in daily tasks around the home. Each experience a chance to encounter a valuable, real-life lesson often rarely experienced pre-pandemic.

Lived experience delivers incredible benefit

While this has been a time of understandable worry and concern for many of us, it is important to note the value this experience may deliver with lifelong memories for our children. So much of what we revere and treasure as adults is created by the memories of our childhood and adolescence. The lockdown period in that respect has offered opportunity in a way that could not be replicated in a classroom and should not be underestimated nor overlooked.

At Meillon & Bright Legal, through our work with many families, we have heard firsthand how people have coped with COVID-19. Unfortunately, for many, it has been a tipping point that has caused conflict and distress in families that has resulted in a greater need for our services. For others, it has been a time of family growth and development.

Getting urgent help during COVID-19

If your experience has not been what you’d hoped and you’re in need of family law intervention, the Family Law Court has introduced specialised COVID-19 list to help with urgent applications as a result of the pandemic.

If COVID-19 has caused you conflict within your family and you need advice – whether before you leave your partner or post-separation, we are here to help.

About the Author

Today’s article is written by family lawyer, Kristie Smith. You can learn more about Kristie’s expertise and experience here or get in touch with him directly about your family law matters.

The information contained in this article is of general nature and should not be construed as legal advice.

Legal advice and assistance during COVID-19

We continue to provide skilled and experienced family law services during the coronavirus outbreak.

Our team is now largely working from home with remote access.

We are working closely with the courts, our colleagues and clients to ensure services to all new and existing clients are delivered efficiently and with as little disruption as possible.

You can contact us by phone or email to arrange a telephone or video-conference consultation.

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NSW: 02 8320 0085

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The information contained in this article is of general nature and should not be construed as legal advice.

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