Due the the rapid spread of the Coronavirus in New York, the state has called for mandatory stay-at-home orders and the closure of all non-essential businesses. This has caused people’s lives to change in many different ways, leading to self isolations and possible hospitalization for many. It is because of this that it is imperative to have a plan in place just in case the virus were to reach your family. This may be necessary in the event that you fall ill with the virus and your former spouse is unable to take care of your children. It is important to know that steps can be taken to ensure your children are cared for under these circumstances.
When creating a plan for your family, be sure that it is in place ahead of time so that you are prepared in advance. It is not enough to simply wait until the virus has already affected your family. This can be done by establishing a power of attorney to name a legal guardian for your children. This is a person who can care for them in the event that you are not feeling well and your former spouse is unable to take over child care. In these situations, a Limited Power of Attorney may be the best decision, as it allows another person the rights to act in designated areas for a specific amount of time. This can include becoming a legal guardian during the Coronavirus pandemic. Without a plan and parents are unable to take care of their children, a relative can go to the court to be appointed as kinship legal guardian.
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