COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our lives in many ways. This is especially true for divorced couples who co-parent. Your original parenting plan may no longer work. For example, one parent may work a high-risk job. Is it okay for the child to travel back and forth? It may be necessary to reevaluate your co-parenting plan and make the necessary changes to keep yourself, your co-parent, and your children safe during the pandemic. Read on for more information regarding how to come up with a COVID-19 co-parenting plan.
What to Consider:
When it comes to creating or altering a parenting plan, there are many different factors to consider. Some of the most important factors include:
- Risks associated with parent’s employment
- Many parents are on the front-lines, working as doctors, nurses, and other essential positions. If you have a high-risk job, it may make sense to give up some parenting time in order to avoid exposing your children.
- Online schooling
- Many children are learning remotely. How has the school shutdown affected your parenting plan? In some cases, one home or lifestyle may be more fitting when it comes to remote learning. For example, if your job has not gone remote, but your child’s school has, your co-parent may be able to spend the school-day with your child.
- Pre-existing health concerns for the children or parents
- Some family members are more high-risk than others. This is incredibly important to consider when it comes to traveling back and forth between parent’s homes.
How Can I Implement These Changes?
If you are looking to change your parenting plan, it is important to remember that any temporary parenting time changes should be put in writing and reviewed by your attorney. If you are your co-parent are struggling to make decisions regarding parenting during the pandemic, contact a skilled family lawyer today. This is a stressful time and it can be difficult to see eye-to-eye. Often, both parents feel strongly about what is best for their children, and parents do not always share the same opinions. You may want to work with a mediator to ensure that these discussions go as smoothly as possible.
If you are interested in making changes to your parenting plan due to the pandemic, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced family law attorney. We want to make sure you and your family stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.
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