What Do I Do About Parenting Time During COVID-19?

What Do I Do About Parenting Time During COVID-19?

Dear Attorneys,

My ex is just not cooperating with changing parenting time during this COVID-19 health crisis. I am not comfortable bouncing the kids from house to house, and he insists that his parenting time should go forward in the midst of this. What can I do?

Sincerely,

The Careful Co-Parent

 

Dear Careful,

We understand your concern in these very uncertain times. While we absolutely can not recommend that you unilaterally violate a court order, there may be ways to co-parent and come to a resolution that works for everyone. Have you offered “make-up” parenting time at all? Maybe you and your ex could come to an agreement that during this public health emergency, you could keep the kids at your house and when it all settles down, he could have some additional time to make it up. That could be several consecutive weekends, or even a few nights during the week if his schedule permits such. You could also offer extended Skype/Zoom/Facetime for him and the kids. Lots of schools are doing a lot with Distance Learning, so he may even be able to partake in that.

That said, if he is not interested in adjusting the parenting plan, you will both have to work together and get on the same page about staying safe and healthy while everyone is supposed to be staying at home.

Should you need help coming to a new parenting arrangement, or a consultation regarding what your options in court would be during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact us for a confidential (and virtual) consultation! We can be reached at info@wolfandshorelaw.com or 203.745.3151.

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

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