Before the pandemic, their children visited their father on weekdays. Now Robinson`s kids don`t shoot as often, and they`re setting up more virtual tours. What played a role in the family`s decision were Robinson`s non-coronavirus respiratory health issues last year, having an asthmatic daughter and wanting to limit the possibilities of exposure. Her work as an independent therapist has also offered the greatest flexibility when it comes to childcare. For more information on mediation, mediation fees or to find a mediator, see the following section on the Website of the Ministry of Justice: «Family Mediation – Negotiation of a Fair Agreement». Divorced or separated parents may face unique challenges as they attempt to meet their custody arrangements during the COVID pandemic. While it`s best to maintain the same routine you had before the pandemic, social distancing issues and concerns for your children`s health can make this difficult. Debra Reicher, PhD, child and youth psychologist and MariaHensley-Spera LCSW-R, a clinical social worker, both from Stony Brook Medicine, explain what you can do to make navigating these unfamiliar waters less stressful and productive while preserving peace. Custody agreement cases have also begun to flood judicial systems already secured because of the coronavirus. Evelyn Mitchell, a partner at the law firm Chludzinski & Mitchell in D.C, said her firm has seen an increase in custody and visitation requests. The mandate of custody or visitation must be respected as far as possible. However, during this pandemic, you can try to develop new conditions with the other parent in order to minimize travel.
You can go to a family mediator to facilitate the discussion and work towards an agreement. Many mediators work remotely, which helps to avoid contact. You will find the list of accredited mediators on the MJQ website. Like many co-parents across the country, Taub has addressed some of the tough questions the pandemic has posed. What if someone gets sick? What should parents do at games or school openings? Their formal separation agreement, which they`ve been optimizing over the past 18 months, when things happened, has helped. He ironed the plans of visitation and where the children would live, but the rest was open and constant communication. While a separation agreement can create a structure, parents like Najee James in Brooklyn are seizing their chances to negotiate with their co-parent. If there is a disagreement, parents can use a family mediator to facilitate the discussion and work to resolve the conflict. Many mediators work remotely, which helps to avoid physical contact and respect distancing measures.
Co-parents all over the country have carved out their work for them. Even the friendliest relationship, under constant strain, such as a national health crisis, can cause friction. This is especially true for co-parents who navigate complicated relationships with their exes. The attempt at synchronization through a common pandemic protocol or not, when states reopen, has exhausted, frustrated and above all frightened many families. She advises parents to find what they have in common in conflicts. Typically, both parties want the best for the kids. Even though they have different conceptions of how it is, she said, «I think the collapse is in communication with the other parent.» If there are conflicts or communications that do not directly benefit the child, it is best not to get involved, said Robinson, who is also a co-parent. Taub lives in Manhattan, and his ex-wife lives in a separate apartment with a roommate in Brooklyn`s Greenpoint neighborhood. They alternate with the children in their shared home in nearby Slope Park, also in Brooklyn.