I Am Concerned that It Is Not Safe for My Co-Parent to Visit the Children Right Now. What Should I Do?

First, carefully read through your parenting plan, and see if it mentions anything about canceling or moving visits, or about what to do when either a parent or a child is sick. If you find a relevant provision, let your parent know about your concerns and tell them that you are exercising your option to limit or reschedule visits in accordance with the parenting plan.

If there is no relevant provision and your co-parent will not agree to simply pause visits until you feel more comfortable, it may be time to get creative. See if your co-parent will agree to visit virtually, or to meet the children at a park or somewhere else outdoors where the risk of transmitting the virus is lower, and to maintain social distance while spending time with the children. It may also be possible to negotiate make-up visitation time at a later date when there is less health risk.

If you still cannot reach an agreement, remind your co-parent that they are obligated to make a good-faith effort to resolve any conflicts through the means outlined in your parenting plan’s dispute resolution process, and take steps to begin any formal process mentioned there if necessary.

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