The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has affected the day-to-day lives of millions of people across the nation. As the nation tries to control the spread of the virus, social distancing is being enforced across many states, including the State of California. While school and business closures are temporarily enforced, many families struggle to find a safe way to continue their regular activities.
For a great majority of parents, co-parenting can be a challenge, but amid the global pandemic, child custody and visitation is even more difficult to navigate. Here are a few important factors to consider when co-parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Is Sticking to the Parental Agreement Obligatory During this Time?
As the COVID-19 pandemic has caused chaos in many of our lives, it is easy for many families to no longer prioritize maintaining their healthy co-parenting relationship. As difficult and worrisome as these times are for parents, it is important to remember that children are also experiencing confusion and some levels of anxiety. Consequently, prioritizing good parenting during this time is fundamental to their well-being.
When having a child custody or visitation agreement in place, it is important to follow the terms of this agreement as much as possible during this time. If a parent believes he or she is being denied his or her parental rights, this parent has the legal right to file a Petition for Contempt against the other parent.
How to Handle Social Distancing Guidelines
Authorities in the State of California are enforcing social distancing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and this means that any unnecessary contact with others is discouraged. Unfortunately, many families are seeing a disruption to their visitation schedules and custody agreements because of social distancing and shelter-in-place rules. During this time, parents should attempt to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the whereabouts of the child, what activities the child is partaking in, and what other parties the child is surrounded by.
When a parent has reason to believe that the other parent is not following the social distancing guidelines, he or she must communicate his or her concerns with the other parent. Both parties share the mutual responsibility of caring and protecting the child, and should therefore prioritize the child’s health and well-being.
Establish a Temporary Visitation Agreement and Speak to a Knowledgeable Attorney
Currently, many parents are struggling with sticking to their original visitation agreements, particularly as a result of school closures. When this happens, establishing a new temporary visitation order can be beneficial, as both parents consider what is in the best interests of their child.
If you are facing difficulty in co-parenting, you are not alone. Sadly, millions of parents are experiencing the same challenges in response to the global pandemic. As a parent, your obligations are to ensure the well-being of your child. If the original visitation agreement is not being followed, it may be important to consider establishing a temporary agreement. Speak to a well-versed attorney who can help you.
The family law attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP are highly regarded in the field of child custody agreements and visitation rights. The firm understands that this is a very difficult time for many families across the nation, and they are here to offer the compassionate legal support needed. Consider obtaining the legal aid of the attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP today.