Custody Part 2:
Yesterday, we talked about where the law stands regarding parenting time, today I want to focus on some of the specific details to help answer your questions. One of the most pressing issues is how people should handle upcoming holidays and spring break. While I understand that with school being closed and organized events being temporarily shut down the natural inclination is to think that these would adjust your order but it is imperative that you still follow the order as if things were running like normal.
Any agreement for holiday time must still be followed as is stated in your order. If any other arrangements or temporary agreements are made make sure to document the agreement. If you are unable to communicate with the other party and there is a sign of denial of parenting time as stated in your agreement do not call law enforcement to intervene unless you or your child is in a life-threatening situation. Remain calm, document the situation as best as you can and contact your attorney when you are able to.
The same approach to holidays should be taken with spring break, even though children are out of school the original time that was scheduled as their break should still be honored as if the school was still in session according to your agreement. It is important to note however that while you may have parenting time during the scheduled spring break time, all additional laws should be adhered to such as the travel ban in the Governor's Executive Order which states that all travel with the exception of travel that is deemed essential is temporarily banned.
If your situation requires supervised visitation please be in communication with your supervisor, if they are unable to supervise a visit due to the pandemic try to work with them and the other party to find a solution that best meets your child's parenting visitation needs. While we understand that this can cause frustration it is important to remember that this is one of many situations that are unfortunately beyond our control and all parties involved should do whatever they can to ensure a smooth transition until visitation can return to normal. If you have additional questions or concerns that a supervisor is unable to answer contact your lawyer to discuss the best course of action.
And finally, I understand that your family may have traditions and certain activities that you partake in during your parenting time but again it's important to follow social distancing to protect your family as well as others. When out in public follow all the guidelines set out in the Executive Order regarding appropriate activities.
I understand that these are only a few answers to these topics and that every situation is different so an answer for one person might not apply at all to someone else. If you have any more questions regarding your order or if you feel your order is being violated make sure to contact your lawyer. If you do not have any current representation and have additional questions please feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to find you the answer.
Jerkins Law, PLLC