As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, schools all across New Jersey closed temporarily in an effort to help slow the spread of the virus. This has left many families working to adjust to this new “normal.” For many single parents, this can be overwhelming as they struggle to provide child care 24/7 on their own under stay-at-home orders. It is important for parents facing these situations to know that there are options available to them if they need assistance providing child care.
How Can I Receive Help With Child Care?
Parents in the state of New Jersey who need help with child care while under Coronavirus stay-at-home orders can look to their settlement agreement from their divorce. Within this document should be the plan that was designated by both parents for how they wish to provide child care after their divorce. Child care during work hours for a working primary residential parent is a mandatory statutory add-on for child support. However, there are some parents who opt out of this provision or there may be no primary residential parent. In many cases, parents who split parenting time 50/50 will agree to provide child care for one another while the other parent works.
When facing these situations, it is important to remember that we are currently living in unprecedented times and many people are still trying to figure out solutions to family matters that are impacted. It is because of this that many parents are unable to help care for their children during the pandemic. That is why parents can apply for a modification of their settlement agreement. This may allow them to be reimbursed of child care costs or other expenses during this time.
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