During the COVID-19 pandemic, all parties must continue to follow all Court Ordered Custody Agreements.
Even though a Shelter in Place has been ordered, family contact is still permitted as such, Custody Orders should be followed.
Parents who have physical custody of a child(ren) should provide a mitigation action plan which provides the following inquires during your custodial time to the noncustodial parent:
- Do you have household supplies including necessary food and diapers for babies and children?
- Are you limiting third party contact?
- If you are going to the grocery store or other necessary place, including work, what actions are you taking to mitigate the situation?
- Are you washing your hands, using anti-bacterial soap and disinfecting surfaces after going in public?
- Are you ensuring the child is doing the same in the household?
- Are you monitoring members of the household and whether they are showing any symptoms, and have you provided this information to the custodial parent?
A Shared Legal Custody Agreement requires both parents to provide continuing information to the other parent including but not limited to:
- If your child is at risk or suffers from anxiety, are both parents monitoring the child’s behavior and are both parents giving the child any necessary medications?
- If a child is directed to continue school while at home, are both parents monitoring if the child is attending classes, doing homework and completing all assignments?
Safety of the child is a priority in Pennsylvania Custody Actions and it is imperative parents follow Court Orders and provide ongoing, current information about the household and children.
Failure to provide a sufficient action plan could result in your custodial time being suspended or modified.