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The new coronavirus may impact child custody arrangements

| Mar 26, 2020 | Child Custody

Parents in New Jersey and elsewhere have recently been instructed to engage in social distancing due to the spread of the new coronavirus. The question is, how does this impact the divorced parents of young children? Here is a look at how divorced parents who have a child custody arrangement may want to approach this arrangement during the current spread of the virus.

As a general rule of thumb, it is critical that co-parents remain in constant communication at this time. Furthermore, they should ideally be cooperative when schedule changes have to be made. This is vital because maintaining the children’s health and the parents’ health is of the utmost importance.

For instance, one parent may have to accept less time with the children as they practice self-isolation. Meanwhile, the other parent may spend more time with the children during this period. Also, remaining calm and listening to the other party is critical, as both parties might have very different views regarding how to tackle the pandemic. All in all, it is paramount that co-parents and their shared children do what will work the best for their particular dynamic.

Divorce can understandably be challenging to navigate for individuals, especially for those with young children. However, an attorney who specializes in family law in New Jersey can help his or her client to sort through matters related to child custody and visitation. The chief aim of the attorney is to protect the interests of his or her client and especially of the children in the short and long terms.