Why would you include a Pandemic Time Sharing Clause in your Parenting Plan? Until March 2020, this was definitely not something on most people’s minds. But like any Time Sharing provision, co-parents have found themselves embattled over sometimes minor disputes. Well this IS something, now. If you have establish some trust with your co-parent over this pandemic, excellent. You are not in the majority. If you are on-edge or uneasy about the potential disputes as the days and weeks linger, you are not alone. More alarming, if you have concerns about the health and safety of your children and your family because of this pandemic because of your time-sharing plan, do not suffer silently. Your greatest responsibility is your family. Never Surrender your kids to harm or fear.
These days courts are really relying on parents to reach resolutions and solve issues on their own. Lawyers had not always encouraged it for a variety of reasons. Court can often lead parents to agree. Perhaps concerns over Health & Safety has replaced the fear of losing in court. So teaching some agreement ahead of a crisis is the key. It can also become enforceable as a temporary measure, without fear you are giving up or taking something permanently. You should have a lawyer help craft the agreement to protect the health & safety of your children sooner than later. This could be an agreed upon suspension of Time Sharing. It could be less back and forth. It could adjust for new schedules, schoolwork, travel restrictions, internet, telephone, and video interactions, etc. Our significant concern is that our clients will suffer silently. Many of these concerns can be avoided and negotiated, then solidified in the event of a dispute, while we all ride out the pandemic.
Alternatively, some children are really exposed to more health and safety risks with the spread of the coronavirus, specifically CoVid-19. In these circumstances, you may be seeking relief from the Court on time sharing. Some of the stories we are hearing are real emergencies. Some parents are learning that a 7-year-old child is being left home alone by a co-parent because daycares are closed. In some circumstances, the Department of Children and Families is threatening to place children in Foster Care unless the protective parent takes steps to intervene, assist, or modify the current time-sharing arrangement. These may be emergencies that require immediate court action but often times cooler heads can prevail with a temporary time sharing modification.
We will survive the pandemic. There are a lot of stressors in the lives of many at the moment. A parenting plan is designed to add predictability in the event parents cannot agree on the best interests of the children. Our Lawyers are currently available 24/7 to discuss the Health & Safety of your children in this pandemic. These calls are complimentary and confidential. If you need to retain our services during this pandemic, we are offering reduced rates to help ease the stress and anxiety of your concerns. As Tampa Legal Team Partner, Joseph J. Registrato, Esq. says, “we really do try to make it so people can afford us when times are tough.” The number to call is 813-247-1900.