COVID-19 and Child Custody Matters Series, Part 6

What if one parent gets sick with COVID-19?

If a parent tests positive for COVID 19 or shares a household with someone who tests positive, they have probably been advised to begin a period of self-quarantine. It is also possible that a parent, a child, or other member of that family’s household has exhibited symptoms but has not been able to obtain a test or obtain results from a test.

In these instances, it is important for parents to recognize that self-quarantine is for the protection of everyone, including the broader community. The Arizona Supreme Court Guidelines on parenting time during COVID-19 recognize the importance of self-quarantine and the need for families to make best efforts to resolve issues out of court where possible.

In the event of illness, self-quarantine is not only sensible, it may be a public health necessity or mandated in your area. Parents should consider modifying existing parenting orders temporarily to suspend parenting time, for the duration of the recommended quarantine period, if self-quarantine becomes necessary. The parent self-quarantining with children should expect to extend make up parenting time to the other parent, either by agreement or possibly by court order. Additionally, the parent should make liberal efforts to connect the child(ren) with the other parent via telephone and video calls.

Lastly, it’s prudent to provide as much transparency as possible to the other parent concerning symptoms, efforts to obtain testing, results of testing, efforts to consult with the child(ren)’s pediatrician, any guidance received from public health officials, and so forth.  It’s a frightening time for both parents and each may want to know as much as possible about the circumstances and the child’s well-being.

*Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Legal advice should take into account the specific facts of your situation.  You should seek professional legal counsel before acting upon any of the information contained in this article.COVID-19 and Child Custody Matters Series, Part 6

What if one parent gets sick with COVID-19?

If a parent tests positive for COVID 19 or shares a household with someone who tests positive, they have probably been advised to begin a period of self-quarantine. It is also possible that a parent, a child, or other member of that family’s household has exhibited symptoms but has not been able to obtain a test or obtain results from a test.

In these instances, it is important for parents to recognize that self-quarantine is for the protection of everyone, including the broader community. The Arizona Supreme Court Guidelines on parenting time during COVID-19 recognize the importance of self-quarantine and the need for families to make best efforts to resolve issues out of court where possible.

In the event of illness, self-quarantine is not only sensible, it may be a public health necessity or mandated in your area. Parents should consider modifying existing parenting orders temporarily to suspend parenting time, for the duration of the recommended quarantine period, if self-quarantine becomes necessary. The parent self-quarantining with children should expect to extend make up parenting time to the other parent, either by agreement or possibly by court order. Additionally, the parent should make liberal efforts to connect the child(ren) with the other parent via telephone and video calls.

Lastly, it’s prudent to provide as much transparency as possible to the other parent concerning symptoms, efforts to obtain testing, results of testing, efforts to consult with the child(ren)’s pediatrician, any guidance received from public health officials, and so forth.  It’s a frightening time for both parents and each may want to know as much as possible about the circumstances and the child’s well-being.

*Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Legal advice should take into account the specific facts of your situation.  You should seek professional legal counsel before acting upon any of the information contained in this article.