Family Law and the Pandemic
The disruption in life caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the resulting changes in and restrictions on daily activities, schooling, and travel, raise a variety of unique custody and parenting time issues. Rossman Saxe is here to help you address these issues and, if needed, to advocate on your behalf and on behalf of your child.
With the COVID-19 outbreak, the courts have attempted to provide general guidance to parents, but each situation is unique and may require legal counsel. For example, parents are expected to attempt to follow their existing custody and parenting time orders during these times. Parents and children are permitted to travel when complying with a court order. Parents should try to set aside personal differences, try to agree on what is best for all involved (including following CDC guidelines on protecting the family from the COVID-19 virus), and try to maintain positive relationships with the child. If following a parenting time order presents a considerable risk for someone, parents should work cooperatively to find an alternative solution that will allow parenting time to be exercised. If someone in either household (custodial or non-custodial) has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus or has a vulnerable person living with them, it is important that parents try to make alternative arrangements to safeguard everyone from unnecessary risk.
If attempts to cooperatively resolve a custody or parenting time issue fail, the court system remains available to address certain family law matters. We at Rossman Saxe can advise you on your available remedies and can assist you in navigating these hurdles to ensure the health and safety of your family.