International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Child Contact Arrangements during the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Republic of Slovenia and the EU
Sara Ahlin Doljak

The COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying emergency measures have restricted fundamental human rights and freedoms, which undoubtedly also had consequences in the family context. One of the directly affected rights of the child during the pandemic is the right to maintain regular direct contact with both parents. Digital communication can alleviate the lack of direct personal contact, but all children and parents do not have access to the necessary technologies, which is why embarrassment and discrepancies may occur between the parents regarding such direct contact. In addition, the lockdown measures of justice and social services shifted the burden of dispute resolution regarding contacts almost entirely on parents. This article aims to examine the appropriate legal framework and measures adopted in relation to the right of the child to maintain contact with both parents during the pandemic with an emphasis on the Slovenian model and the model in certain EU Member States and the response of the authorities to the challenges arising from this state of emergency and to determine the measures thatcould be adopted in order to improve the child’s contact with the non-resident parent.

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