COVID-19 and Travel Concerns in Custody Cases
In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, what happens if a parent wants to travel with a child despite warnings not to do so? If your child’s other parent wishes to travel with your child, and you object due to concerns about the virus, what are your options?
Our starting point is the effective custody order. If the order has provisions regarding vacations and travel, those terms should control. If there are notice requirements that were not met or if there is a prohibition against international travel, then step one is to make the other party aware of the violation of the order and to attempt to resolve the matter.
If this is not successful, it may be necessary to file an emergency petition with the court. Courthouses are closed to the public in light of the pandemic at this time; however, each county has rules in place regarding emergency petitions. If you are in a position where you cannot resolve a travel concern during this unsettling time, our team at LaMonaca Law can assist.