If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been holed up in your house trying to maintain a sense of normalcy during this pandemic. COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in things, to put it bluntly. The Florida family law courts are closed for the most part, except for the most urgent cases, so if you have any legal matters pending, it could be awhile.
The rest of us have to go on, though. If you’re a co-parent and you’re trying to navigate what that means during a pandemic, here are some tips.
Be Flexible and Safe
Now more than ever, it’s imperative that both co-parents try to cooperate as much as possible with one another. Everyone is stressed more than usual. Everyone wants to avoid getting the virus. Picking fights right now is not something that is going to make things easier. However, being flexible as situations evolve will help co-parents and their kids get through this difficult time while following Florida family law guidelines.
Work, daycare, and school arrangements are in a state of flux for many parents and their children. It’s up to you and your co-parent to make new schedules work. Be considerate of things that can’t be helped.
Take All Necessary Precautions at Pickup and Dropoff
COVID-19 spreads primarily when an infected person is in close proximity to others and through surface contact. This can present a challenge for co-parents picking up and dropping off their child. To reduce the chances of transmitting the virus from one household to another and maintain your child’s safety, here are some precautions you can take:
- Avoid public transportation when possible. If you must take public transportation, stay at least six feet from others and wash your hands afterward.
- Disinfect objects that pass from one house to the other.
- Clean and sanitize your home.
- If one parent has been exposed to COVID-19, it might be best to make alternative custody arrangements for at least 14 days. You should speak to an attorney before doing so.
For co-parents who have underlying health factors or who are immunocompromised, communication is essential. Talk to your doctor and your attorney to learn how to proceed so you can protect yourself.
Get Help If You’re Not Sure
These are uncertain times. We are dealing with some unprecedented Florida family law situations as we try to navigate COVID-19 together. If you don’t know what your best course of action is concerning co-parenting, talk to an attorney.
Find the Florida Family Law Attorney Who Is Right for You
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law Offices of Granda & Associates is doing everything necessary to stay ahead of the curve. Get in touch with us today if you have questions. You can give us a call or set up a virtual meeting. Let us help you figure out what you need to do to protect yourself and your child.