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COVID-19 & Child Custody: What to Expect Moving Forward


As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the US, Americans across the country were forced to change the way they lived their lives. In particular, co-parents were impacted severely, needing to adjust to closed schools and changing work schedules quickly.

As we move into 2021, it's worth considering how co-parenting may change for many families in the near future. Two specific occurrences - the re-opening of schools and faster courts, could help co-parents navigate custody cases more easily.

For help with your child custody case, contact our office online or via phone at (559) 900-1263.

The Reestablishment of Schools Could Be Helpful for Co-Parents

One of the biggest issues many co-parents confronted at the beginning of the school year was schools closing.

For many co-parents, schools serve a dual purpose as both a reliable source of childcare and a place of learning. However, earlier this year and extending into 2020, schools across the US shut down. As a result, many parents - particularly those with jobs away from the house - found themselves scrambling to find alternative sources of childcare.

For parents who couldn't be home during the school day, online learning was also a major source of frustration. Many children, especially younger kids, struggle to navigate online learning systems without prior experience. In households where only one parent is home at a time (as is the case in many co-parenting relationships), it may be difficult or impossible for parents to be home while their child utilizes online learning.

However, moving into 2021, many schools are re-opening. With the legalization of a COVID-19 vaccine, more and more schools will continue to re-open. As children go back to school, it could alleviate frustrations for co-parents inspired by the closing of schools.

Courts Will Have Less Trouble Processing Cases

Another frustrating aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic for many co-parents has been how slowly the courts have moved.

During COVID-19, the courts were forced to delay many non-emergency services. This included deprioritizing nonessential family law cases, such as custody modification orders.

However, courts are now up and running again. As a result, parents engaged in child custody and modification cases will have an easier time receiving a hearing.

All in all, parents navigating custody issues and cases should have an easier time dealing with their custody disputes.

At Arnold Law Group, APC, we'll work with you to find the best path forward in your custody case. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (559) 900-1263.


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