The outbreak of the Coronavirus throughout the country has caused states such as New Jersey to call for stay-at-home orders for all residents. These uncertain times have left many families of divorce unsure of how they should handle these matters, as their child’s safety is their biggest concern. This can bring matters of custody into question and how this fits into the parents’ usual arrangement and parenting plan. It is best so not ignore child custody orders, as it can have negative impacts in the long run.
However, dealing with these matters during Coronavirus times can prove to be difficult, as courtrooms across the state have been closed for all non-essential matters in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. This can include divorce hearings and custody modifications. It is because of this that many firms, including ours, are holding mediation sessions over the phone to discuss any co-parenting issues a family may have. This can include reaching agreements regarding child custody agreements throughout the duration of the pandemic. The goal of these sessions is to ensure the safety of all parties involved, especially the children. Parents can contact our firm to set up virtual mediation sessions regarding any of the following issues they may be facing during this time:
- Being unable to agree on the amount of time each parent deserves with their children in their temporary COVID-19 custody agreement
- One parent has reservations about leaving their child in a home with an immuncompromised person
- One parent fears leaving their child with the other parent who is a doctor/nurse or someone regularly exposed to the virus
- One parent believes that the other is not taking the virus seriously, thus failing to practice CDC and WHO safety measures
- One parent is fearful of contracting the virus by meeting with the other parent to exchange their children
- One parent disagrees with the amount of make-up time they deserve if their child stayed with the other parent during the pandemic.
Our firm understands that these unprecedented times can be challenging for anyone to navigate, especially families of divorce. We are ready to provide you with compassionate services from the comfort of your own home to be sure that your child is safe during this time. If you have any additional questions about the mediation process or how to conduct it virtually, please contact our firm today.
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