Co-Parenting Through COVID-19
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The virus has caused significant grief and inconvenience for everyone. Your children are likely confused or struggling emotionally. They are no longer seeing friends at school or playing sports. They are watching their summer fly by from the living room window. This, no doubt, is causing them stress and anxiety. Be patient and have compassion for their ever-changing mood as they try to navigate their new normal. Be patient with your ex-partner as they overcome schedule changes, the loss of employment, or sickness. After all, your local court may only be hearing emergency cases. Absent an emergency, the only option you have is patience.
There are very few custody and visitation court orders in existence that address co-parenting consideration of COVID-19, or even something similar. That does not preclude you from fostering a relationship between your children and ex-partner. Set up Skype or Zoom calls for your children and their other parent or extended family members. Have the children write letters and ask that your ex-partner reciprocate. Start a Marco Polo account so your children can leave video messages for their other parent and extended family members. There are a multitude of ideas for you to assist your children in maintaining contact with your ex-partner if in-person contact is not feasible.
If you feel the current court order is not serving your child’s best interest, you should consult your family law attorney first rather than deviating from its requirements. Our attorneys are ready to meet with you over the phone or online.