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How Does the COVID-19 Crisis Affect Parenting Time in Illinois?

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Kane County family law attorneysAs the number of cases of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases continues to rise in the United States, Americans are taking precautions by social distancing and staying at home. The first reported case of the highly contagious virus was in China, but it has since spread to countries around the world, including the United States, Italy, and England. The outbreak has led to the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring it a global pandemic. Those infected can experience mild to severe symptoms, with some resulting in hospitalization and even death. Although the older population is at a higher risk of life-threatening complications, children can also contract the COVID-19. In Illinois, schools, restaurants, and other businesses are temporarily closed in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. With many people working from home or laid off and kids out of school, this can be a challenging time for co-parenting after an Illinois divorce.   

Co-Parenting During a Crisis

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a “stay at home” order for residents that began on March 21 and runs through April 7. This means only essential businesses are open during this time period. Healthcare, government, and some food retail workers are included in this group. Other non-essential employees who are able to work from home have been ordered to do so. 

With coronavirus on everyone’s minds, you may be wondering how to handle parenting time with your children. As a parent, the safety, health, and well-being of your child is your highest priority. That is why it is crucial that you work with your ex-spouse and be flexible if parenting time needs may change during these uncertain times. For example, if you are still going into work but your ex is laid off, he or she can take care of your child while you are at the office. 

Per the executive order, transporting children to/from parenting time is considered essential travel. Therefore, parents should follow their court ordered parenting time unless a child or a parent is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. In that case, seeking medical attention and self-quarantining may be necessary. 

Whether you are the primary residential parent or not, it is assumed that you would act in the best interest of your child and follow all official guidelines and court orders. This includes the allocation of parental responsibilities when it comes to making medical or healthcare decisions for your child, such as getting tested for coronavirus.  

Contact a Geneva Divorce Attorney

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt by everyone, especially those who are infected and their families. At the distinguished Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC, we understand how nerve-wracking this crisis is in many ways. If you and your ex-spouse are struggling to co-parent during these uncertain times, we can help. Our seasoned St. Charles child custody lawyers are well-versed in Illinois divorce laws, including child-related issues. Call us today at 630-200-4882 to schedule your free consultation. 







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