Coronavirus concerns are making things especially tough on divorced parents who are trying to navigate co-parenting and parenting plan. Generally, a parenting plan includes shared parental responsibility, which means they have equal decision-making authority-including for matters impacting their children’s health and welfare.
A two-week social-distancing and some have been quarantine, this will implicate the children’s parenting time with each parent. Here are some tips for getting through it:
- Be more communicative in a positive way with the other parent: COVID 19 has forced parents to make reasonable adjustments to co-parenting and their parenting plans. The exchange location may have to temporarily move from school to your homes. If your child is older, you can use curbside exchange, so that you can continue to have minimal to no contact with the other parent. Exchanges can continue to be amicable and stress free which is in the best interest of your children.
- Exchange medical information regularly about your children and your home: If a child has a fever, you and your ex will need to talk about the symptoms and an action plan-to quarantine or not, to medicate or not, etc. The focus is always your children’s best interest and to show a calm united front.
- Parenting Plan may have to temporarily change: Don’t freak out if your parenting time changes, you can always make up time later. Being flexible about the terms of a parenting time in these circumstances will be helpful to you and your children. Keep your schedule to the extent you can, and then go back to normal again once this madness is over.
- Another issue to consider is childcare coverage: Your children may feel frighten, so to reduce their fear and uncertainty, you and your ex’s goals should be to show a united front and that you are being reasonable and civil with each other.
- It’s Ok if third parties help out: “It’s all hands-on deck.” Maybe in your blended family there is some friction with your ex’s new spouse or significant other. Set those feelings aside for a few weeks. In Florida, the general rule is there must be extreme and extraordinary circumstances to prevent a stepparent or significant other from having contact with the minor children. So, for now, get along and maybe they may happily surprise yo