If you are a divorced parent, you know how difficult it can be to co-parent with your ex-spouse under normal circumstances and you are likely experiencing even greater challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the challenges you are facing now are unique to the times and, as such, you may not be sure how to navigate them. Continue reading for some tips on how to co-parent amidst a pandemic.
Working with Your Former Spouse Throughout the Pandemic
The most important thing to remember as co-parents, even throughout this crisis, is that you must do everything you reasonably can to continue to follow your child custody order. If your schedules changed so drastically due to the pandemic that it is impractical to follow your parenting plan, you can petition the court for a modification. However, if the situation does not warrant a modification, it is best to learn how to adjust to the situation and work with your co-parent to make this difficult time a little easier on everyone, especially the children.
Below are some tips that will help you co-parent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic:
Keep the lines of communication open and try to respond to one another’s concerns within a timely manner. Everyone’s anxiety levels are bound to be a little high, given the circumstances, so being more available, communicative, and efficient will help ease these feelings.
Although we must all physically distance ourselves to remain safe and prevent the spread of this terrible virus, it is crucial to remain socially connected. Allow your children to make video calls and phone calls to their other parent as well as other family members and friends.
Do not try to keep score.
Once this pandemic comes to an end, the custodial parent should consider setting a little extra time aside for the non-custodial parent and the children to get comfortable together again.
You and your former spouse might hit some bumps on the road, but as long as you both put an honest effort into working together and cooperating, you can get through this experience as a family.
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No one ever anticipated this terrible pandemic, but at Myers Family Law, our legal team is prepared to provide the assistance you need to navigate the problems precipitated by this novel virus. Divorced parents cannot always resolve their differences without legal guidance, which is where our attorneys can be of assistance. Backed by more than two decades of experience, you can rely on our compassionate team to secure the best possible results for your case.
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