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Should COVID-19 concerns force you to change your parenting agreement?

Written by: HHLaw (View All Posts ) Published: April 24, 2020
Categorized: COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Parenting Time.

On behalf of Henderson Heinrichs LLP posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on Friday, April 24, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing everyone to face an ever-changing safety landscape. Whether it is from news reports, social media or anecdotal accounts, people are being overwhelmed with information and statistics on a daily basis. In these situations, it is not unusual for individuals to take extraordinary precautions to ensure the continued safety of themselves and their children.

Unfortunately, having a parenting schedule in place can complicate what might seem like a simple alteration geared toward reducing your risk of exposure.

In an effort to protect their children, most people are willing to take an extra step and, where possible, go above and beyond what has been recommended. However, unless they have been specifically ordered to quarantine or self-isolate, a parent must follow court orders or agreements about providing the other parent access to your child.

While you might not feel comfortable leaving the house or you worry about the cleanliness of an environment outside your control, you cannot simply ignore the agreed-upon parenting schedule. The far-reaching impact of COVID-19 might make certain elements of the document impossible – meeting in a fast-food restaurant, for example, that might be now closed. In these situations, it is crucial that you work with a legal professional to ensure the necessary alterations are made to your paperwork.

In the latter half of March, the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued a notice mandating that all regular court operations be suspended indefinitely. The courts are generally only open for urgent matters. To determine of your family law matter qualifies as urgent, please contact Henderson Heinrichs LLP to set up your free 30-minute consultation via phone or video conference.

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