BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Boca Raton Family Law Attorney Jodi Furr Colton, a partner at the respected law firm of Brinkley Morgan, says now may be a time for divorced or separated parents to temporarily revise their timesharing schedules as extended school closures — and the stress of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak — will only make a challenging situation more difficult.
“Timesharing arrangements can be tense even under the best circumstance,” she said. “Add frayed nerves, close quarters, and a legitimate crisis into the mix and the situation can deteriorate rapidly.”
For parents seeking guidance, Ms. Colton — who is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator — suggests a proactive review of the time sharing agreement and potentially revisions that are appropriate for the COVID-19 situation.
“If your timesharing schedule is working then follow your Parenting Plan. If it’s not, then Parents should talk to each other to try come up with a reasonable and realistic way to make adjustments, focussing on their kids’ needs and well-being, not who is right or who’s entitled to the day. One parent can’t make unilateral changes, but it may be impossible to follow the schedule due to work needs or health concerns, like a need to self-quarantine.”
“An exchange of angry texts over who is right isn’t going to solve the problem,” she said.
“I regularly draft and review Parenting Plans. Most don’t provide for even a short-term disruption to the routine and I’d venture to say none of them address the current situation, with weeks of school closures, work-from-home arrangements and potential quarantines. Communication between parents is the smartest, most cost-effective approach.”
Ms. Colton is a graduate of Harvard Law School and carries AV-Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubble.
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