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Navigating Child Custody Issues Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted every aspect of our lives— from the way we buy groceries to the way we interact with one another. And though government officials have enacted Stay At Home orders to reduce the risk of exposure and slow the spread of the virus, it’s causing additional problems for divorced parents with children.

Is your former spouse withholding visitation? Do you have disagreements about your child’s best interests? We know that co-parenting has not been easy right now, and you have questions about custodial exchanges and following orders. Our custody attorney is here to provide you with the information you need right now.

Withholding Visitation Due to COVID-19

There haven’t been any official changes to child custody under the Governor’s Stay at Home order, meaning you must continue following your current agreement. Disobeying these orders or withholding visitation can result in contempt of court.

If you have valid concerns over your child’s safety, first communicate with your ex about the steps you can both take to reduce risks. You can also suggest to your ex making temporary changes to your current schedule. Propose alternatives like daily calls via FaceTime or Zoom or postponing visitation for a later date. Open and honest dialogue is the best way to come up with a successful resolution right now.

Emergency Custody Motions

If you are unsuccessful in resolving the issue through communication or the other parent has been exposed to the virus, the next step would be to contact a family law attorney. Fortunately, most firms remain open and are available for virtual consultations. With an attorney, you can obtain an emergency temporary child custody order depending on your local court. As of now, the San Diego Superior Court has suspended non-emergency services until April 30, 2020. However, there will be one Family law judge at each branch to review emergency orders for all types of family matters. For the official update, click on this link.

We know that these are highly emotional and stressful times for families dealing with custody. If you are unable to reach an agreement with your ex about what’s best for your child, we can provide you with sound legal advice on how to proceed.

Schedule a virtual consultation with Dan McCandless Law at (858) 266-9171 or by filling out our online form. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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