There’s nothing easy about co-parenting. Scheduling, animosity, and parenting styles are all sources of stress in divorced parents’ lives or parents that were never married, and COVID-19 has brought a host of additional issues into play.
At Fairell Roy & Associates, we understand that many people are unsure of how to comply with court orders and other aspects of co-parenting in the midst of COVID-19. Today’s post is dedicated to providing you with a few easy-to-implement tips. We know that this is only scratching the surface, so we also recommend following our Facebook page and looking through our recent videos. We are regularly doing live Q&A sessions throughout the week and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about co-parenting in the live chat or through direct messaging if you prefer to remain anonymous.
You can also contact our office if you would like to speak with an experienced family law attorney. We are currently taking new clients and offer no-risk virtual consultations for $150.00.
Rely on Trustworthy Sources
First and foremost, you and the other parent need to come to an agreement about the information sources and institutions you’ll be relying on to make decisions. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are two of the best places to look for information.
Relying on trustworthy sources isn’t just in your interest — it’s in your children’s interest, too. Hearing different information from each parent can create confusion, stress, and even more uncertainty in an already uncertain situation.
This is a critical talk to have now that certain sectors of the Georgia economy are open for business.
Come to an Agreement About Restrictions
COVID-19 has brought attention to the fact that we are inextricably tied to the actions of others. If you haven’t done so already, have a discussion with the other parent about how you will follow the advice given by Georgia health officials and the CDC more generally. You should consider questions such as:
- Will either parent be allowed to travel?
- Will playdates be allowed?
- Will you wear masks whenever you’re in public?
- Will both households enforce proper handwashing and sanitation practices as outlined by the CDC?
- What will you do if one parent is exposed to the virus?
Remember, having these discussions now is crucial for your health and public health in general.
Contact a Family Law Attorney If Necessary
If you reach a dilemma or are in serious conflict with the other parent, it’s a good idea to reach out to a family law attorney. As we mentioned in one of our previous posts, violating custody and visitation orders can have serious consequences, even during the current circumstances. You shouldn’t have to suffer the loss of child support, either, and we can help you determine the next steps to take in order to protect your family.
We have kept up with all of the latest developments in this crisis and are helping numerous families navigate these unprecedented times. Contact our office to schedule a virtual consultation, and be sure to tune into our live sessions on Facebook if you would like to have your specific questions answered throughout the week.