How to Handle Child Custody During the COVID-19 Pandemic
So much has changed because of the pandemic. Most day-care facilities remain closed, forcing parents to quit their jobs or take on the additional responsibilities of having to parent and work from home with no outside assistance. Many schools are still doing homeschool for the safety of the children and educational staff. What many parents are realizing is that what previously worked or was put in place regarding child custody no longer makes sense. For many parents, it’s time to re-evaluate child custody and parenting and modify existing child custody orders/plans.
Questions About Child Custody During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Are you wondering if you still have to comply with the custody schedule and order that was in place prior to the pandemic? The short answer is “yes”, however; any deviations made must be based on the best interest of your children. Because the COVID-19 Pandemic has put many travel restrictions on the public as well as state to state quarantine restrictions, traveling out of state to see your child may not be feasible. Instead of seeing your child in person, you may have to modify the order to be able to have video chats instead or if you are able to travel, to have an extended duration with your child in an effort to minimize the back and forth.
Another valid concern that many parents are having is the worry of exposing their child to COVID-19 at the other parent’s home if that parent works in a setting that makes it easier to contract the virus. If you have genuine concerns about the safety of your child, then it is best to communicate that to your ex and figure out an alternative game plan. In all fairness though, do not use the pandemic as an excuse to keep your child from your ex.
Another option is to discuss a temporary agreement that revolves around the new nuisances that the COVID-19 Pandemic has brought upon. If you are able to discuss a temporary agreement and come to an agreement, then it is important to also put the stipulations in writing.
If you are not able to come to amicable terms on your own, then it may be time to consider getting a New York Divorce Mediation Attorney involved who can help you both come up with a temporary agreement that best meets the needs of your child or children. Even with the assistance of a mediation lawyer, it is essential to be flexible and accommodating with your ex-spouse when it comes to child custody.
Contact Sabra Law Group today at (646) 472-7971 for assistance with handling child custody during the COVID-19 Pandemic.