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Addressing Custody Issues during the Corona Virus Pandemic Times

by John Fostar Media Releation

Custody decisions during divorce proceedings are very sensitive. The final custody plan depends on your family circumstances.


But by and large, custody arrangements can include any of the following:


  • Sole physical and legal custody to one parent
  • Joint physical and legal custody
  • Sole physical custody and joint legal custody 


If the court awards one of the spouses sole physical custody, the court will create a visitation schedule with the objective to establish a harmonious relationship with the non-custodial parent.


It must be kept in mind that courts adopt a standard that takes care of the best interests of the child.


In case you are keen to resolve the child custody issue amicably, it makes sense to know more about the laws in your state. 


Any Largo MD family lawyer will explain to you the laws prevalent in Maryland. 


The best interests of the child vary depend on your specific circumstances. 


But typically the following factors govern:


  • The child’s age, sex, and mental makeup
  • The parents’ financial situation and their lifestyle
  • The current quality of the child’s education
  • The child’s preferences if the child is old and mature enough


Laws in every state are designed to ensure the child’s stability during the custody arrangement.


But if you desire to modify the court’s custody orders, it can be an uphill though not an impossible task.


It is a challenge especially during these corona virus pandemic times.


It is well known that separated parents struggle to mediate disagreements on their own. 


Under normal circumstances, adopting social distancing norms can be simple.


But for divorced and separated parents staying safe when children alternate between two parents can be a tough task.


A family and divorce lawyer in Largo says, “The social distancing rules have no impact on custody orders.  Parents must continue to follow the orders unless one of them disagrees and desires an alternative plan”. 


An alternative plan albeit temporary can have justification under the following circumstances.


  • One of the parents has confirmed Covid-19 or is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.
  • One of the parents has a high risk job that requires frequent exposure to Covid-19 environment.


As we all know, Covid-19 is highly contagious and can cause severe complications to people suffering from asthma. 


If your child is suffering for asthma, it makes sense to speak with your pediatrician for advice on how to minimize risk in both the homes. 


If the doctor says that sending your child to your ex’s custody can pose high risk, you can mutually agree on a plan that temporarily halts in-person visits.


As an alternative, you can propose virtual visits using platforms like FaceTime or Zoom. 


But what if your ex does not agree?


You can take course to legal representation by taking assistance from a Largo MD family lawyer.


Yes, it is true that many court houses are closed due to the ongoing pandemic. Yet several family courts are open to family emergency hearings. So it could be quite possible that your case can be taken up.


So, if you have any doubts about child custody, contact a family and divorce lawyer in Largo at the earliest. 



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