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Lost Parenting Time Due to COVID-19 | What to Know

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COVID-19 has had a large impact on our lives in a number of ways. For many divorced parents, custody has become complicated during the pandemic. People have lost jobs, started working from home, and more. Other parents are working high-risk jobs on the front lines of the pandemic.  Additionally, children are dealing with all sorts of different schedules. Some kids are in school full time, others go in for half days, some schools are only open a few days a week, and many children are completely remote. Additionally, some parents and children are immunocompromised, making it difficult or impossible to continue going back and forth between households.  All of these things have caused shifts in schedules and therefore custody. It is important to know that if you lost parenting time due to the pandemic, it is possible to have that time restored. Continue reading below to learn more arrangements.

What Can I Do To Regain Lost Parenting Time?

If you have lost parenting time as a result of COVID-19, there are some ways to regain this time. You may want to consider the following:

  • Ask your ex for additional time: Depending on your relationship with your ex-spouse, you may be able to simply ask for more time with your child. You may be surprised at how open the other parent is to the idea. While this is true, it is still important that you do so respectfully and prepare for the chance of negotiating. 
  • Work out mutual social-distancing parenting time: You and your ex-spouse can work out a way to co-parent in a safe way. You may want to consider creating a “social distancing” contract.
  • Have more virtual time: If you have not been able to spend as much in-person time with your child, you may want to consider your virtual options. With the beauty of technology, you and your child can spend time video chatting, playing online games together, watching movies, and more. 
  • Modify your parenting plan: If you and your ex come to an agreement regarding parenting time during the pandemic, it is important to put these ideas into writing.

If you have lost time due to the pandemic, contact our firm today to discuss your various options. We are here to advocate for you and walk you through all of your family law matters.

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