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The new coronavirus might complicate child custody

Many Maryland parents are currently remaining at home with the children and avoiding going out in public in light of the new coronavirus spread. However, what should they do if they are divorced and have co-parents who also want to spend time with the children? Here is a rundown on how to tackle the child custody arrangement issue during the current pandemic.

For starters, it is critical that both parents acknowledge that keeping themselves and their children as healthy as possible is their number-one priority. This may help them to approach discussions about their child custody arrangement in a relatively amicable way. When they are calm, they will be more likely to reach an agreement concerning how to address the pandemic.

For instance, one parent may end up having to keep the children at home longer than usual due to government officials’ calls for self-isolation. As a result, the other parent might not get to see the children as often. What is most critical is that both parties communicate about their plans and that they cooperate with each other when they have to alter their schedules. The two parents may have differing viewpoints concerning what to do about the pandemic, but it is essential that they keep the children’s best interests at the forefront of their decision-making.

Dealing with child custody-related issues can no doubt be challenging in Maryland. This is especially true if two divorcing parents have a hard time finding common ground regarding child custody and visitation. However, an attorney can provide the guidance needed to confidently navigate these issues, with the best interests of the children coming first.