As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyday life has drastically changed for the foreseeable future. It is because of this that many families of divorce are working to figure out how they can navigate their parenting time moving forward. If you lost parenting time over these last few months due to the pandemic, it is important to be aware there are ways to have the time restored. Continue reading below to learn more.
Ask Your Ex For Additional Time
If you lost some of your parenting time during New York’s stay at home orders, a simple solution may be to just ask the co-parent if you can have more time with your child. This may be possible by asking for extra weekends or nights with your child in the weeks or months coming up. People are often surprised by how open the other parent is to accepting the idea. However, it is still important to be respectful when asking and be prepared for the possibility of negotiating.
Work Out Mutual Social Distancing Parenting Time
A parent’s biggest concern during this time is the safety of their child. It is because of this that reassuring a co-parent that you are committed to taking the necessary safety precautions with your child can go a long way. This can be possible through a “social distancing” contract in which both parents agree to follow CDC and local health guidelines with the child. This includes wearing a mask and following proper hygiene practices.
Have More Virtual Time
During these trying times, many families benefit from using technology to stay in touch while being unable to physically be together. In situations of co-parenting, families can connect with their children through video chatting, playing online games, watching movies, etc. While it is not the same physical time, it is a helpful alternative under the current circumstances.
Modify a Parenting Time Plan
If you and your co-parent can agree on any modifications within your parenting time arrangement, it is important to document them in writing. This should be done even if they are small changes. When creating a document to outline modifications, be sure to have your attorney review it before signing.
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