Coronavirus and Child Custody – Can I See My Child In A Pandemic?

Keep Your Family Safe

The COVID-19 pandemic has put everyone in an uncertain position. For divorced or separated parents, child visitation suddenly seems unclear. Shelter-in-place orders are lifting and restrictions are relaxing, but they may be put in place again as the virus continues to spread. Keeping your child safe is your main concern as a co-parent during this time. At Remington & Dixon, we will help keep your family safe while maintaining custody and visitation.

Temporary Custody Agreements

The North Carolina Judicial Branch urges parents to follow their child custody agreements closely. As a parent, you may still want to take additional precautions to keep your family safe. A temporary agreement for visitation and custody may be necessary. This could mean doing your usual child exchange or drop-off at a location where social distancing is possible, rather than at school or a parent’s home. Additional measures may need to be put in place for co-parents who live with an elderly or immunocompromised person, or who themselves have a compromised immune system.

High-Risk Families

A parent who is immunocompromised or whose child is sick may need to make arrangements with regard to visitation. This is done to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 disease. A parent who has an autoimmune problem may need to limit in-person contact with their child. This might mean using video chat, or social distancing at a park or other outdoor area. It may also mean postponing the child’s stay at an immunocompromised parent’s home. As difficult as these measures are, they might be necessary for your family’s safety. Adjustments to a child custody or visitation schedule should be temporary and determined on a case-by-case basis with regard to each family.

Call An Experienced Child Custody Attorney

Charlotte-based family law attorneys Remington & Dixon know the ins and outs of North Carolina child custody law. We can walk you through adjustments to your custody arrangement during this difficult time. Our lawyers put the safety of your family first. Call our office today if you have questions about child custody and visitation.


Are consultations free?

While we offer a free consultation on traffic matters, criminal matters, and most professional license defense cases, we charge a fee for family law consultations to personalize our consultations to your specific needs. To learn about our fee structure, please get in touch.

Where can I get legal advice?

We recommend meeting with an attorney. While there is free legal help available for North Carolina residents from pro bono resources for civil matters, and public defenders for criminal cases, the best way to access tailored advice is to hire a lawyer.

Can I hire you if I’m in another state?

This is done on a case by case basis if you are involved in a family law, criminal, or professional disciplinary matter that involves another jurisdiction.



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