Tips for Shared Parenting During the Pandemic
Co-parenting can be challenging under any circumstances. When you have shared custody during a global pandemic, the level of that challenge only increases.
Here are a few examples of some issues that may arise within your family regarding shared parenting during the pandemic and some of the steps you can take to confront or overcome those issues.
- Essential workers: Parents who are classified as “essential workers” or who are still required to go into work rather than work from home may be at greater risk of virus exposure. One issue that we have seen is that these essential workers may work more overtime due to the greater demands during the pandemic. This should not affect child support arrangements.
- Remote visitation: If you are feeling symptoms of being sick or know you have been exposed to someone with the virus, you should not participate in your scheduled visitation or custody time, as difficult as it may be to forego it. Instead, you should use video calling or phone calls, and if possible reschedule your custody time to another time.
- Consistently follow guidelines: Both parents should do everything they can to consistently follow the guidelines put in place by the CDC to ensure both households are at least close in the level of safety and protection they have against the virus. This means washing hands, using hand sanitizer, wearing masks in public places and following all other similar guidelines. This is especially important in households with younger children; both adults should model good behavior so the children do not get confused and follow safe practices.
For more tips about dealing with some of the pandemic-related challenges in shared custody arrangements, contact an experienced Long Island attorney at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.