Co-parenting after a divorce presents a lot of challenges and obstacles for a family and, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, these challenges are likely greater than ever. The important thing to remember is that you and your former spouse must continue to comply with your child custody order. However, due to the uncertain world we are now living in, much about your lives have likely changed, making it difficult to follow your parenting plan as faithfully as you once did. To make life easier for your children, you and your co-parent should work together to ensure your family is safe and your children continue to maintain a bond with both parents.
COVID-19 and Co-Parenting
During a crisis, children may feel incredibly anxious, afraid, and unsafe. Cooperating with your spouse during this difficult time can help reduce their fears and lessen tension. Part of this process involves reducing your own anxieties as well, so we compiled a few tips that will help you deal with stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consider the following tips:
- Make a list of the things you are worried about regarding your children and share it with your co-parent.
- Increase communication with your co-parent.
- Manage your own health by getting enough rest, exercising regularly, and maintaining a well-rounded diet.
You and your former spouse should also discuss what you consider high-risk behavior. If you are not on the same page, you need to hash out the details to ensure you both agree on what is best for your children. You likely had to discuss curfews and safety practices for recreational activities, so try to think of your COVID-19 discussion as another conversation regarding the overall wellbeing and safety of your children.
If you and your co-parent cannot agree on the necessary scheduling adjustments, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney and take the matter to court where a judge will decide if any modifications are warranted.
Reach Out to a Compassionate Family Law Attorney to Learn More About Your Options
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating some serious challenges for divorced parents and, for some, it is impossible to resolve these issues without legal assistance. At Labovitz Law Firm, our family law team has what it takes to help you overcome these sensitive legal matters and will provide the personalized solutions you need to protect the best interests of your children.
Call our law office today at (817) 374-4056 to set up a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.