Tips for Co-Parenting During the Covid-19 Holiday Season
For most people, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. However, the holiday season can be incredibly different after a divorce or separation, especially when children are involved. Throw in a worldwide pandemic and this holiday season will be quite different for most families and will add unique challenges when co-parenting. Let’s take a look at some practical tips for parents to help you through the holidays while co-parenting.
Remember who the holidays are the most special for: your children. Keep in mind during these challenging times that children are nervous too, and the last thing they need to see is their parents fighting about them. Try to be as flexible as you reasonably (and safely!) can. While it may be an inconvenience to trade or give up a custodial day to accommodate the other parent’s plans, take a minute to think about the best interests of your children.
Take time to read over your custody schedule and add your custodial time to your calendar. This will make it easier for planning celebrations and traditions that you and your children can look forward to. Communicate your plans with your former partner well in advance so that everyone is on the same page as to when and how custodial exchanges will occur.
Co-parents should consider virtual visitations. Especially if you and your partner agree to change your arrangement during the pandemic, you can ensure that your child gets to spend time with their other parent using Zoom, FaceTime, or any similar virtual services. This provides a balance of preserving parent-time while keeping everyone safe.
Sometimes reaching an agreement with your co-parent is simply not possible. If you find yourself in this situation, you can contact our team for support. Our attorneys are offering zero-contact consultations via phone, videoconference, or email. The health of our clients, staff, and community is of the utmost importance to us.