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Parenting Time during the Coronavirus Pandemic


With the declaration of the pandemic, very unique situations have been asked by many of our clients during consultations. 

To provide our audience with the much-needed information that they may need, let us provide you with some information that may help you navigate co-parenting in Michigan during the pandemic. 

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Do I have to follow the parenting time schedule even during the pandemic?

Yes, the order of the judge is a very case-specific situation. You need to follow the parenting time schedule even during the pandemic. 

Of course, there are some exceptions that you may consider during the pandemic. They are the following:

The child’s safety always comes first. 

The safety of the child always comes first. You need to make sure that you consider the life of your child. The exposure of one parent may be considered as a reason for you to not respect parenting time for a while. 

When the sick parent recovers, the schedule may continue. The good workaround here would be virtual visits that you document so that the other parent cannot claim that you “ghosted” your child.

Make sure that you would keep a record of the missed parenting times due to covid scare as well as any other reason for it. It is your responsibility to take note of any of the changes to your parenting time so that you will not have to deal with any of the problems that may come.

What if my ex doesn’t want me to see my child or children because of the pandemic?

If you are sure that you do not have any exposure and that you are not putting your child’s health and safety in jeopardy, you may contact the friend of the court assigned to your case.

Keep in mind that the best way to help your case would be to document the refusal and your health at the time of the refusal. This ensures that the table will not be turned on and your ex would not prosper in claiming that you did not visit the child of your own volition.

What if my ex was exposed to the coronavirus and does not want to give me access to the children?

If your ex was exposed to the coronavirus, we can assume that your child is also exposed to the coronavirus. Unless and until your children would have a negative Covid-19 test result, you should make sure that you do not unnecessarily expose yourself or your child.

Document this circumstance and make sure that you would still consider your child’s best interest. Missing your parenting time due to your child’s exposure to the coronavirus is valid. Just make sure that you document the exposure and the specific dates.

What if I was exposed to the coronavirus?

In general, if you are exposed to the coronavirus, you should make sure that you take care of your health first. Document your illness and make sure that you have everything validly documented. 

You must have someone who can act as a witness that you are indeed sick at a certain period and why you missed your scheduled parenting time. You should make sure that you have this specific documentation for your own protection.

What if my ex uses coronavirus to continue prohibiting me from seeing my children?

Exposure to the coronavirus can be used to prohibit you from seeing your children until your recovery. However, if you have already recovered from the virus, you should make sure that you once again get access to your children. 

If your ex continues to prohibit you, you should see to it that you get us on the phone and we should start the process of fighting for your rights again.

Let Haque Legal Help You With Your Case

If you require a lawyer who can assist you with ensuring that you protect your rights and gain custody of your child, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. 

Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that those who are innocent will be protected by the law and the full extent of justice will be used.


The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

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If you need a Southfield family lawyer to help you during your proceedings, call us immediately. If you have any problem with the law or are seeking justice and truth, our numbers are standing by to take your call.

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