How do I Get Back Lost Parenting Time Due to COVID-19 in New Jersey?

As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s lives for the foreseeable future, many people are still struggling to get a handle on their everyday lives. This includes families of divorce who are trying to navigate their parenting time with children while still keeping them safe. If you lost parenting time due to the pandemic, it is important to know that there are ways to have this time restored. Continue reading below to learn more.

Ask Your Ex For Additional Time

If you lost parenting time with your child while under New Jersey’s stay at home orders, it may be beneficial to simply ask your co-parent if you can see your child more. You can work to make up for the lost time by asking for extra weekends or nights with your child in the upcoming weeks or months. Oftentimes, parents are surprised by how willing the other co-parent is to the idea. While this is true, it is still important to be respectful in asking and always be prepared for the possibility of negotiations.

Work Out Mutual Social Distancing Parenting Time

During these trying times, reassuring another parent that your child is safe may help to receive more parenting time. This could be possible with a “social distancing” contract that states both parents agree to follow CDC and local health guidelines while spending time with your child. This includes wearing a mask and following proper hygiene practices. With this document, both you and your co-parent can feel better knowing you are committed to keeping your child safe at all times. 

Have More Virtual Time

There are many families who have benefited from technology during the pandemic. It has allowed them to remain in touch while being unable to physically be together. In situations of co-parenting, this helps families connect with children through video chatting, playing online games, watching movies, etc. While virtual parenting time is not the same physical time, it is a helpful alternative while adjusting under these circumstances.

Modify a Parenting Time Plan

If you and your co-parent are able to settle on any change in your parenting time agreement,  it is important that they are reflected in writing. This should be done even if they are only small changes. When establishing a document that outlines modifications, be sure to have your attorney review it before signing. 

Contact our Firm

We understand that those getting a divorce most likely have several questions regarding the weeks and months to come. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is honored to serve the people of New Jersey, including Sparta, Sussex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Bergen County with the quality legal services they deserve. If you are getting a divorce or have any other questions regarding divorce-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a consultation today.