Co-parenting under normal circumstances presents many challenges for families of divorced or separated parents. Add a worldwide pandemic to a tenuous, oftentimes contentious, family dynamic and the results can be devastating for everyone involved. During COVID-19, many families are discovering that previous co-parenting arrangements may not withstand the demands associated with sheltering in place and remote/distance learning. This can amplify an already stressful situation. Read our blog as we discuss ways to help families cope with the challenges associated with co-parenting through a pandemic.
Many parents wonder if it’s safe to have their children travel back and forth between two households, especially if the other parent is at a higher risk for exposure through work or contact with others like a stepparent or significant other. Some have even gone to court over such matters. Parents should make every effort to talk amongst themselves to discuss how to address safety concerns before getting the courts involved.
Oftentimes separated or divorced parents are estranged from one another, making communication and planning quite challenging. However, parents should try to set aside their differences and focus on the heath and well-being of their children. Maintaining open and honest lines of communication is critical. If you find communicating with your child’s other parent difficult, you may want to explore alternate methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation. A mediator can help parents resolve disagreements and move forward with developing a solid plan for parenting through the pandemic.
Parents should discuss and develop a solid parenting plan to cover the following topics:
We know this is a difficult time for everyone. Parents can effectively share custody during the pandemic by maintaining open communication and being flexible with expectations for yourself and your co-parent. This will ensure a seamless, stress-free transition for your children.