What do I do if I Need Help With Child Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused schools all across the state of New Jersey to close. This has left parents struggling to adjust to this new normal in addition to caring for their children 24/7. Those who are single parents after going through a divorce can find this overwhelming, as they may need assistance providing child care during this time. When facing these situations, parents should know that there are options available to them.

How Can I Receive Child Care Help?

Parents who need extra child care while they are under Coronavirus stay-at-home orders should look to their settlement agreement from their divorce. Within this document should entail an agreement for how both parents plan to provide child care after their divorce. Child care during work hours for a working primary residential parent is considered a mandatory statutory add-on for child support payments. While this is true, there are some parents who choose to opt out of this provision or there is no primary residential parent. In many cases, parents who choose to have 50/50 joint parenting time will agree to be each other’s child care while the other parent is working. 

Even still, we are currently living in unprecedented times due to the pandemic. It is because of this that some parents may not be able to physically assist each other during this time. In the event of this, a parent can apply for a modification of their settlement agreement. This may allow the reimbursement of child care costs or other expenses during this time. 

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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.