It’s not uncommon due to the cost of living in Jersey (particularly house prices), that soon to be separating couples are still living together in the family home. As the www.gov.je are providing updates on a daily basis with guidance for islanders on how to deal with the outbreak of Covid-19, it’s no surprise that separating families will be feeling anxious about the concept of self-isolation or social distancing. Here are our tips for living with your ex-partner during this period.
It might be the case that you and your ex-partner are now working from home, as part of your company’s aim to help flatten the curve of the virus (social distancing). However, you may have been advised to self-isolate for a period of 14 days if one or both of you have recently returned to the island (following the update from www.gov.je on 19 March 2020), or you may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive with the virus or has visited an affected area (self-isolation).
If you are unsure of the difference between social distancing and self-isolation, please check this following factsheet for more information.
Whatever the current circumstance is, that you have found yourself in, you will no doubt feel an increased sense of pressure if you are still living with your ex-partner during this time.
If you are adopting the social-distancing approach, life for you and your ex-partner isn’t as totally restricted as those living in self-isolation. You are still able to get out for walks, go running, visit friends and/or family (noting advice by the government in respect of this) and spend time with your children (following recent news that schools in the island will be closing)!
It’s no doubt an uncertain time for the majority of us islanders, wondering what the next update will be and what impact it may have on us all going forward. In unprecedented times like this, it really is important to live up to the clichés, and be as positive as we can be, whilst working as a team to get through Covid-19. That goes for you and your ex-partner too.
Please note, the following tips are not appropriate for those suffering domestic abuse from your ex-partner. If you require guidance from services please click here for helpline details.
Maintaining a positive outlook during times like this, will naturally help ease the tension in your home. It’s exhausting holding grudges, therefore why make what is already a tough period, even harder for you both? Remember that the children’s welfare is most important, have them at the forefront of your mind at all times.
For further information and/or guidance our Family Team may be able to help. Please do not hesitate to call 630530 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org