Can the Coronavirus Affect Child Custody?
While we battle the COVID-19 virus, even though it seems the world has stopped, there are still many other high stressors at play, such as families who are trying to balance out custody concerns.
Many states have a stay-at-home order, and because of safety issues of contracting the virus, parental custody arrangements may need to temporally change due to the social distancing during the pandemic.
We are in unchartered waters – no precedents have been written or ruled on as to how to handle custody during a pandemic.
When the world starts turning again, we believe a pandemic modification will be added to post divorce agreements.
So, here are a few suggestions to help you and your ex handle visitation issues:
- Be flexible and make common sense decisions that are realistic and agreeable for both of you
- Work together to find a solution that keeps the child’s best interest in mind
- Don’t use the outbreak as a weapon to withhold visitation agreements
- Refrain from airing out your concerns about custody in front of your children
- Realize everyone has been affected by COVID-19 – stress levels are pushed to their max
- If you cannot agree on custody during this uncertain time, reach out to a custody mediator to help
During these turbulent times, custody is a gray area, and there is a steep learning curve for everyone. If you are struggling to find common ground, reach out to a conflict resolution expert for help. Our mediators are experts at working through conflict resolution to help each party find an agreeable alternative to co-parenting issues.
At Peace Talks Mediation Services, our custody mediation and parenting plan mediation services assist divorced, divorcing, and never-married parents in working together to develop a child-centered custody plan and improve your ability to co-parent.
Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION to learn how our mediators can help you with your custody and co-parenting issues.
Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.