My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
COVID-19 continues to cause problems for families across the world. In addition to the concerns of getting the virus, families are also having to navigate their new normal, particularly when it comes to their children's schedules and routines. These times are particularly difficult for divorced parents who have to share custody of their children. When parents do not see eye to eye, especially when it comes to handling issues related to the virus, it can make co-parenting difficult. The following are some things you need to know about parenting in the current climate.
Adhering to Your Parenting Plan
When you get divorced, one of the most important parts of the custody process is developing a parenting plan. This plan is a comprehensive guide as to how both of you will manage your children and outlines what is best for your children's well-being.
In the midst of COVID-19, you and your former spouse may have differences of opinion or concerns about how the other parent is dealing with the fallout of the virus. If one of you is worried about the amount of exposure your children may have when they are with the other parent, chances are the concerned parent will want to make changes to the parenting plan until things begin to change.
Although you may have valid concerns, you should not unilaterally make changes to how you approach your parenting plan without first contacting your former spouse and your attorney. Your state may deal with changes or require adherence to parenting plans in the current climate. If you have a compelling argument as to why you need to change your parenting plan based on the children's exposure to the virus, you need to speak to your attorney to determine whether or not you need to go back to court to modify your plan, at least temporarily. If the agreement cannot be changed in court due to closures or limited hearings in your area, your attorney and your former spouse's attorney may be able to help you both broker a temporary agreement until the situation with the virus begins to ease.
Keeping the Peace
This is a stressful time for many, and you do not want to approach making a change to your parenting plan with an attitude of anger or animosity. If you believe your former spouse will have a negative reaction to your request for a change in your parenting plan, you have to approach the idea with some grace. You should state your concerns in a calm manner and suggest a fair and equitable solution. Be creative in your solutions and remember how you would feel if the situation were reversed. Not being peaceful during this time is a sure way to not get the outcome you want.
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