One of the most common questions we have been receiving from clients during these uncertain times is whether they are required to abide by custody and visitation orders while “stay-home” orders are in effect. Understandably, parents are concerned about the health and welfare of their children and families. The prospect of exchanging children between homes, especially when there is no oversight or ability to enforce quarantine and social distancing regulations in the other home, can be worrisome.
Our response has been to assess the individual facts of each situation. We do not believe there is a “one size fits all” solution to this issue. After considering facts specific to each case, we try to reasonably predict what a judicial officer may order if asked to rule on this issue. Knowing that we are dealing with “uncharted territory” and unprecedented circumstances, we always recommend parents work together towards an agreement. While that can be difficult in some situations, it is critical in avoiding potential backlash from the courts, unnecessary attorney’s fees, and potentially placing the children in jeopardy. Now more than ever, it is important to set aside animosity and work together to protect children and families.
At the Beringer Law Firm, we realize that each case is unique. We work closely with our clients to make sure they understand their options and can make informed decisions about their case. If you are interested in setting up a consultation, please contact us at 760-929-9672. We are here to advocate on your behalf and help you obtain the best possible outcome in your matter!