Co-parenting in the aftermath of a divorce is inherently challenging, especially for those whose divorce was particularly hostile. Now that we are all in the middle of a global pandemic, however, the challenges are greater than ever, and many parents are faced with obstacles they never expected to encounter. The important thing to keep in mind is that you must comply with the child custody order even while you remain socially distanced.
That said, if you and your former spouse’s schedules changed so substantially that it is near impossible for either of you to comply with it. Under these circumstances, you may wish to seek a temporary modification of the order, especially if you and your ex cannot agree on how to share parenting time.
Raising Children Amidst a Pandemic
Given the stress and frustration everyone is likely experiencing during these unprecedented times, it is ideal for both parents to do their best and work together, keeping their children’s best interests at heart as they attempt to move forward.
Here are some additional tips for you and your ex-spouse to consider as you co-parent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Be as communicative as possible and allow your children to remain connected to their other parent through video chatting, texts, and calls if they cannot visit as often as they did before COVID-19.
- Keep each other in the loop, especially when unexpected events come up. Everyone will feel a lot less anxious if they feel informed.
- Make sure you and your co-parent are on the same page regarding your children’s safety. If you have differing opinions and fail to discuss them, it will create some serious problems and potentially put your children at risk.
- You should also discuss a plan if you, your ex, or your children contract the COVID-19 virus. Hopefully, you will never have to use it, but it is better to be prepared.
If you cannot overcome the parenting challenges you are facing or believe your ex-spouse is taking advantage of the situation to keep you from your children, do not hesitate to reach out to a knowledgeable attorney.
Reach Out to Our Family Law Team for the Guidance You Need
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in one way or another. If it is impacting your parenting schedule, reach out to the legal team at Casey, Simmons & Bryant, PLLC for the experienced representation you need to achieve the best possible results. We understand this is a difficult time for you and your family and will do what is necessary to lessen your burdens.
Call our law office today at (731) 256-0023 to set up a consultation with a member of our team.