Our world is currently experiencing strange and uncertain times. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it has placed many individuals on lockdown in their homes. Avoiding unnecessary trips out of the home may be easy for some, but for separated and divorced couples who share custody of a child, this complicates things. Understanding how to go about your usual routine in these unusual times is important for the safety of you, your family and those around you.
Complying with the CDC and statewide recommendations is the first step of staying safe through these times. Unfortunately, this may impact a parent’s time spent with a child. It may take some creativity, but there are ways to make things work. Although a child may not be able to physically spend time with their other parent, Facetime and Skype calls are a great solution to get face-to-face interaction, even without physical contact. Sharing books, watching a show together or movie and discussing and playing virtual games are great ways to build memories and feel close during this time.
Additionally, staying transparent and honest with the other parent is necessary. If there is suspected exposure to COVID-19, tell them. In the end, the safety and wellbeing of your child are the most important thing at this time. Of the same nature, being understanding financially is also important. Many jobs are impacted at this time, so child support may not be paid fully or at all. Communication is key at these times for both parents to stay on the same page.
Generosity is key. At the end of these trying times, allowing the parent who missed out on time with the child make it up is so important. Extra days to bond and heal will mean the world to both the parent and child. Although there are court orders, these situations are never planned for. Staying understanding, generous and keeping open communication are great ways to ensure the health and safety of everyone around you.
Discussing your options with an experienced attorney will help both parties feel comfortable moving forward with alternative arrangements at this time. The attorneys at Sadek and Cooper Law Offices have handled thousands of divorce and family law cases in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Chester. We are also licensed in the State of New Jersey. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at 215-545-0008.