Raising children in the aftermath of a divorce is difficult enough without any added obstacles. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges are even greater and unprecedented in many ways. However, it is crucial for spouses to follow their parenting plan. That said, since it is possible your schedules have changed, you and your co-parent should attempt to be as flexible as possible to make this complicated situation run a little more smoothly for your children.
Working Together During the COVID-19 Crisis
Coordinating with your former spouse is generally difficult across two separate households, which is why, now more than ever, it is crucial to keep all lines of communication open. Additionally, you should both seek to respond to each other’s calls, texts, and emails as soon as reasonably possible. We are living in an uncertain time, so better communication can help ease everyone’s anxieties and prevent misunderstandings.
As you navigate your way throughout this pandemic, it is important not to attempt to keep score of who is making more adjustments or compromises. Both of you should be focused on making decisions that most effectively support your children’s best interests and wellbeing.
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind during this difficult time:
- Begin conversations with the intent to find solutions that will help both achieve your goals.
- Help your children feel socially connected while they remain physically distant. Regular video chats can help them feel less isolated.
- Once the pandemic is over, if you are the custodial parent, consider setting extra time aside for your co-parent to bond with the children again.
If you have concerns about the health and safety of your children, you should reach out to an experienced child custody attorney to learn more about your legal options, such as a modification to your current child custody agreement. If your co-parent is not complying with the custody agreement or taking advantage of this situation by interfering with scheduled visitation, a judge will consider this when examining your case.
Reach Out to Our Knowledgeable Family Law Team for the Skilled Guidance You Need
Many of us are experiencing serious difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are experiencing issues related to your current custody agreement, reach out to the knowledgeable team at Palmer Rodak & Associates for the compassionate legal assistance you need. Backed by more than 60 years of combined experience, you can rely on our team to provide the exceptional representation you deserve during this difficult time.
Call our law office today at (760) 573-2223 to set up a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case.