With the unusually odd COVID-19 situation we are faced with today, people have been contacting me with questions. One of the questions that is consistently brought up is, should parenting time be modified under the stay-at-home order that went into effect on March 22, 2020.
Answer: No, it should not be. Section 14 of the stay at home order defines Essential Travel. Section 14(e) includes as an example of essential travel “Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including transport children pursuant to a custody agreement. I have a few thoughts on this topic…
- The meeting should follow the orders of social distancing
- Remaining six feet apart from one another
- Wash hands before and after meeting
- Cover coughs or sneezes with you sleeve or elbow
- Where masks, if available, if you take your family in public
- The meetings are taken with safe and clean caution.
- The children are only being exposed to the people in their close family.
- The children or parents do not feel ill or have signs of being sick.
- No one they have come in contact with has tested positive or is showing symptoms of being sick.
- The parents should be continuously checking the children for symptoms of the illness as well as checking on their mental health.
- Being on “stay at home” can be rough and the children may begin to feel isolated.
If all these align, I feel as if parenting time should be exercised as normal but with more caution than usual.
Contact me if you have any question.