In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way people live. This is seen in families of divorce who are struggling to work out their parenting time schedules while keeping children safe. It is important to know that if you lost parenting time due to the pandemic, it is possible to have this time restored in the future. Continue reading below to learn more.
Ask Your Ex For Additional Time
If you lose parenting time with your child due to stay at home orders in New Jersey, it may work to simply ask the other co-parent if you can see your child more often. You can make up for this time by asking for extra weekends or nights with your child in the upcoming months. Parents are often surprised at how open the other co-parent is to the idea. While this is true, it is still important to do so respectfully and prepare for the possibility of negotiations.
Work Out Mutual Social Distancing Parenting Time
During these unprecedented times, reassuring another parent with a “social distancing” contract may help to move forward with parenting time. This is a document written up and signed by both parents stating you will agree to follow CDC and local health guidelines while spending time with your child. This includes wearing a mask and following proper hygiene practices. With this, both you and your co-parent can have peace of mind knowing that you are doing everything you can to keep your child safe.
Have More Virtual Time
Many families have benefited from the availability of technology during the pandemic. It has allowed them to remain in touch with loved ones while they are unable to physically be together. This helps families of divorce to connect with their children through video chatting, playing online games together, watching movies, etc. While it is not the same physical time, it is a helpful substitute under these circumstances.
Modify a Parenting Time Plan
If you and your co-parent can reach agreements regarding any changes in your parenting time arrangement, they should be reflected in writing. It is important that this is done even if it is only a small change. When creating this document, be sure to have your attorney review it before signing.
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