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When I started getting into trouble I became pretty acclimated to legal procedures. Calling my attorney and working out bail was just another way to spend a Saturday night. Unfortunately, the stiffer the charges, the more difficult it was to talk my way out of a bad situation. After so many charges, I found myself slapped with a long jail sentence, and I realized that I wanted to turn things around. Fortunately, my lawyer was able to walk me through yet another process, so that I could make the right changes. My blog discusses how to emotionally cope with legal issues so that you can start living a good life.



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What To Know About How COVID-19 Can Impact Child Custody Agreements

by Lillian Wheeler

Are you currently struggling to deal with child custody during the current COVID-19 pandemic? Your arrangements may be completely disrupted, making you wonder what you can do about it. Here are some common questions about child custody arrangements during this time.

Can Shelter-In-Place Laws Prevent Visitation?

One issue you may be dealing with is a spouse with legal custody saying that they will not allow visitation due to shelter-in-place laws. This could be due to a legitimate concern over social distancing and keeping everyone safe, or they might simply be trying to not follow the court-ordered custody arrangement and using the situation as an excuse. You might also be in a situation where the custodial parent is not following state guidelines and you feel as if they are putting your children at risk. 

It is important for both parents to talk about the situation and operate in good faith with each other. Find out about what each family is doing to maintain social distancing and if it would be safe for visitation to happen. If the non-custodial parent is a first responder and at risk of exposing their children to COVID-19 during visitation, then consider coming to an agreement about suspending visitation because it is what is best for the child's safety.

One thing to keep in mind is that the actions that both parents make will eventually be reviewed once things return back to normal. If you feel like you are not being treated fairly with a custody arrangement, document what is happening and use this to seek a custody modification later based on those actions. 

How Do You Work Out Conflicts During This Current Pandemic?

If custody orders are being violated and you are not happy with it, it is important to know your options for what you can do to work out conflicts. It is likely that it would be difficult to have a court hearing at this time to battle your former spouse in court unless it is considered an essential matter.

You may want to consider getting a lawyer involved in this dispute to make sure that your former spouse knows that you are serious about the custody order violation. You may also try using a mediator to work out the conflict so that both families can come to an arrangement that works for everyone during this time. Don't feel like you are powerless in this situation where there may not be a clear solution to deal with custody due to the current situation in the world. 

To learn more, contact a child custody lawyer.