A Guide to Co-Parenting During the COVID-19 Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives and schedules of parents and their children all over the world. Not only do parents have to adjust to homeschooling and limited outdoor time, but divorced couples might be struggling with their custody agreements in the wake of the lockdown. Here are a few common concerns about co-parenting during the lockdown, as well as what to do if you encounter these issues.

Custody Schedules

In most cases, the COVID-19 lockdown shouldn’t have an impact on any predetermined custody schedules. Most jurisdictions have made travel exceptions for divorced couples with custody schedules for their children, and it might even be more important than ever to keep your child’s routine as unchanged as you can.

Interstate Travel

Interstate travel is always a challenge, and it can pose some serious threats to the health of your children. Most states have allowed travel for children on a custody schedule, but that doesn’t mean every parent is comfortable with the idea. If your child has to travel by flight or train, you might consider taking the extra time to drive them instead. If that isn’t an option, try to negotiate with the other parent so you can avoid putting your child at risk.

Exposure to COVID-19

If your child’s other parent works a job which puts them at a higher risk of contracting the virus, you might be concerned about sending your child to their home. Perhaps the other parent is a healthcare worker, or maybe they just aren’t following the CDC guidelines for social distancing. In this instance, it’s important to set aside your differences and try to communicate with your co-parent. Express your concerns and try to come to an agreement which prioritizes the health of your child. In an unprecedented global pandemic like this one, it’s crucial for co-parents to put their children first.

Disagreements About Parenting Schedule

If you’re having trouble coming to an agreement with your child’s other parent, it’s important to remember that your child is the most important part of this situation. Remember to love your child more than you hate your ex, and try even harder to come to an agreement. Think about the difficult sacrifices you’d be willing to make for the sake of your child.

Explaining COVID-19 to Your Kids

Even if you’re able to keep your custody schedule with minimal changes, it’s important to explain the pandemic to your children in a way which can help them understand what’s going on. Sit down with your child and explain that people are getting sick, and the way to keep more people from getting sick is to stay at home and not go out as much. This conversation will help your child process what’s happening, and it can help them not be so scared of what’s going to happen next.

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