COVID-19 & Custody, a Look Back

It's been a tumultuous year for custody cases. Today, we take a look back at custody cases, as well as wondering what the upcoming months may hold in store for co-parents in the wake of COVID-19.

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The Start of COVID-19 & Emergency Custody Orders

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a sharp uptick in emergency custody modification order across the U.S. Many of these originated from co-parents who disagreed on how to handle COVID-19-related safety procedures for children and requested emergency custody to try and safeguard their children from what they perceived as unsafe practices by co-parents.

Additionally, disputes between parents acting as essential workers also increased, with some parents fearing a co-parent acting as an essential worker would put their children at risk of contracting the virus.

Last but not least, many parents losing their jobs or working from home, as well as mandatory e-learning in schools across countries keeping children home for the majority of the year, also resulted in widespread disputes over custody. Many parents found it incredibly challenging to adjust to the changes and scheduling complications through no fault of their own. As a result, many co-parents had to work together to adjust their custody schedules to reflect the new reality of parents and children attempting to work and learn from home.

What's in Store for Co-Parents?

Now, co-parents are experiencing the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine. Soon, vaccine manufacturers report it may be available for children.

While this will ease COVID-19-related challenges for parents who want their children to get the vaccine, other disputes are arising among those who would rather their children not receive it. As a result, we could see yet more child custody disputes continuing into the summer and beyond, despite fewer logistical problems for parents.

At Orshan, Spann & Fernandez-Mesa, our attorneys will help you find the best path forward in your custody dispute. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (305) 853-9161.