As a parent, your child’s safety is your top priority. During COVID19, trying to keep kids free from disease can seem like a daunting task. Across Philadelphia, parents find themselves facing a complex situation as schools plan to go back into session even as the disease continues to ravage our nation.
The Current Landscape
Right now, the Philadelphia School District is giving parents the option to either let their children attend in-school sessions two days a week followed by three days of at-home learning or opt-in for online classes only. Parents are finding themselves stressed as they grapple with the idea of trying to keep their child safe from the threat of the pandemic while trying to decide exactly how they can continue to work when the school year returns. It appears that it will be necessary for one parent to be home at least three days out of every week or finding a childcare alternative – significantly reducing the family income.
What Parents Are Doing
Philadelphians are in a serious bind as they try to decide the best way to move forward with school classes. While unemployment through the CARES Act has enabled some parents to stay home throughout the summer, it is set to run out this month along with other protections that secured housing. Now, it appears that one parent will have to significantly reduce their hours or quit their job entirely so they can stay home throughout the school year. Parents that are divorced face an even greater struggle as they try to maintain their individual homes while also sharing childcare responsibilities.
In the cases of divorced parents, COVID-19 has done nothing to change custody or visitation arrangements from their original standing. Original court orders are still in place and must be followed regardless of the pandemic. However, it’s important to try to offer some grace to the other parent as they navigate this difficult time. They, too, are stressed and trying to determine the best way to move forward. Depending on their work schedule and availability, you might choose to change visitation or custody agreements so that the children will be with them when they are already off work.
What You Can Do
If you have a child enrolled in school in Philadelphia County, it can be challenging to know the best course of action. While it may seem like there are limited ways to move forward safely, you need to focus on staying financially stable – even if this means applying for financial relief programs to protect your family’s home, changing custody arrangements, or seeking a new job.
There are some choices that you have to make yourself, but our team is proud to be your go-to for all family law related questions. We can help you to determine the best plans for both your financial well-being and the safety of your children in your current custody agreement. Contact us today and help discover a legal plan that works best for your family.
The attorneys at Sadek and Cooper Law Offices have handled hundreds of divorce, custody, support, and mediation 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.