It is not uncommon for former spouses who share child custody to encounter a fair amount of challenges and difficulties as they co-parent their children together in the aftermath of a split. However, with the recent spread of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns, many new challenges are arising, adding tension to an already stressful situation. If you are unsure how to navigate your way through this pandemic as a divorced parent, we have some tips for you to consider.
Getting Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
The most important thing to remember during this stressful time is that you must comply with your child custody order. Despite some of the restrictions in place and our changed lifestyles, your children need to continue maintaining contact with both parents. That said, if your schedules have changed so drastically, whether due to job loss or a work-from-home arrangement, that it is impossible to comply with the order, you should discuss the matter with your former spouse and try to work out a temporary arrangement.
Keep in mind that this is also an incredibly difficult time for your children, so consider their best interests as you move forward. Cooperating and compromising with your ex-spouse may be difficult even under the best circumstances, but your children will greatly benefit from your willingness to work together during these unprecedented times. Focus on open and honest communication and do not try to use this pandemic as an excuse for denying your co-parent time with the children. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to nurture the bonds your children have.
If you and your co-parent agree to an adjustment in your parenting schedule, be sure to put it in writing. Setting clear expectations and schedules will help avoid any confusion down the road. If you cannot agree on an adjusted parenting schedule, however, you can take the matter to court and ask for a temporary modification to the current child custody order.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with a Compassionate Child Custody Attorney Today!
If you are experiencing difficulties with your child custody arrangement during the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot work out a new arrangement with your spouse, an experienced child custody attorney can assist you. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, our skilled attorney has more than 35 years of experience and a history of successful results. With our team on your side, you can rest assured your case will be in good hands with us.
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