Life is unpredictable and from time to time circumstances may arise that disrupt your normal routine. If you share a child with a former partner, part of your normal routine likely involves a custody schedule. The question then becomes what happens to my custody schedule in an emergency situation. Presently, our country is battling the spread of a new virus and with that, new directives for individuals to remain home as much as possible to lessen the rate of infection. What should you do about your custody order?
We are stressing the following steps to guide parents during this time:
Be prepared to discuss and model good behavior for your children in both homes including hand washing, wiping down surfaces, and social distancing.
Be compliant with the Order to the extent possible; if exact compliance is not reasonable or more stringent shelter at home directives are put in place, be creative in finding other ways to sustain the relationship (i.e. facetime, skype, etc.)
Be transparent and provide honest information with respect to any suspected or confirmed exposure to the virus and try to agree on what steps you will take to protect your children from exposure.
These are a starting point. We certainly encourage productive communication beyond these listed issues. Remember to act within reason for circumstances beyond what has been described, show empathy and keep in mind how you would feel if the shoe was on the other foot.