Parenting time, child support and child custody orders are still in place during this unprecedented time. A party may still be held in contempt for violating a court order regarding these matters! While the court may consider the pandemic if a party violates an order, I wouldn’t bet on simply blaming Coronavirus.
Parents must be proactive in giving the court notice if circumstances have changed. Undoubtedly, many have experienced a reduction in income due to job loss or a reduction in work hours. This situation can have serious consequences for the payor and payee of child support. Additionally, parenting time and childcare costs have been affected by the closure of schools and daycares.
It is critical that you and your children be safe during this time. But don’t forget that you still have responsibilities NOW and that the “shelter-in-place” order will eventually end. Now is the time to evaluate your situation and determine what’s in the best interest of your children.
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