Throughout the past year, COVID-19 has affected the lives of many all around the world. Lots of people have transitioned to working from home, and some children have had remote learning as well. These circumstances have altered the way of living for many families.
A question that many of our clients have asked is: does COVID-19 affect my visitation schedule? If you have a court ordered visitation schedule with your child or children, COVID-19 should not affect it unless a temporary change in custody is needed. Social distancing and shelter-in-place do not directly affect custody orders, so continue to follow your current custody arrangement unless both parents agree on a new custody arrangement or a judge changes your custody arrangement.
Situations that might justify a temporary change in visitation include:
- A parent has been exposed to someone with COVID-19
- A parent tests positive or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
- Your child is high risk for COVID-19
Both parents should continue to comply with all CDC and government guidelines. If possible, communication about protection for the children from COVID-19 is encouraged. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed financial strain on most people. Try your best to be understanding about the possibility of the other parent’s struggles during this time.
If you have questions about visitation during COVID-19, please call Morales Law for a complimentary consultation. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. Factual circumstances will vary and require specific procedures. We are Santa Barbara Divorce Lawyers. This is for informational purposes only and should not be relied prior to, or in place of, consulting with legal counsel. Morales Law can be reached at (805)-422-7966 or at www.mysantabarbaralawyer.com.