How 新型冠状病毒肺炎 Can Affect Your Parenting Plan and Custody Agreements 

新型冠状病毒肺炎 virus currently gripping New Mexico presents several challenges for co-parenting families. This article will discuss some issues many New Mexican families may face and what you can do to overcome them during this difficult time for our state and our country.

的 Covid-19 crisis is increasingly bringing our public life to a standstill. New Mexico public schools are facing the prospect of an at-home school or hybrid school year, 公众集会受到限制, and many places of business are continuing to implement work from home practices. Even the family law courts in 阿尔伯克基 are canceling all in-person hearings for the foreseeable future. Of course in the background of all of this is the ever-present virus that puts our lives and the lives of our children at risk. 在这种情况下, many families understandably have questions about how to co-parent effectively in times of disruption without violating court orders or stipulated 协议s. 


的 first major change to our usual routines is school cancellations. 这可能会带来育儿问题, it’s important to remember you must adhere to the general time-sharing 协议 laid out in your parenting plan. If it is your week, you are still responsible for child care for that time. On the same token, pick up times and drop off times still need to be observed. That also means that you cannot necessarily dictate how the other parent behaves when it’s their time with the children. Just because you are actively trying to limit your children’s contact with the public doesn’t mean your spouse is. Just because mom or dad takes the kids to the grocery store or allows them to hang out with their friends doesn’t mean they are putting the kid’s health at risk- at least from a legal standpoint. 话虽这么说, the best way to maximize the best interests of your children is to communicate effectively and cooperate unselfishly. Just because you can take your kids to public places doesn’t mean you should. Just because you have the kids this week doesn’t mean you can’t let them go with the other parent if they are working from home or off of work. Even though you don’t have to follow your ex’s sanitation and 病毒防护计划, it still might be in your children’s best interests to do so. 的 point is communicating with the other parent, 协调你的时间, 调整拾取时间或地点, and working together to adjust to the circumstances is the best way to do the right thing for your child and stay out of court. 如果你能, reach out to the other parent and discuss how you want to deal with time off from school, 公共场, 和预防措施. Getting on the same page now can save you a headache down the road.

然而, as we all know some times the best intentions and efforts at communication fail to get a positive response because of a difficult, 旅馆, 或不负责任的运动. We are currently subject to the Governor's public health orders and restrictions. If your ex refuses to comply with these orders with the children and their actions are putting the children's health at risk, you may be able to file an emergency motion to modify with the courts. While there is a bottleneck in the family court system for some things, emergency motions are being heard and you might be able to temporarily adjust your custody and timesharing 协议. This option should not be taken lightly and should only be used if the kids are at a legitimate health risk. 

If communications fail and you need help, you still have options. Although there are currently no physical family court hearings in the Second Judicial District Court, you can still file motions to enforce or modify the parenting plan. 的se motions are heard through telephonic appearances.  If substantial changes in circumstances occur, 就像你丢了工作一样, you can also file motions to modify your parenting plan and 孩子支持协议. As always, a good rule of thumb is to follow all existing 协议s. If you have specific questions or concerns about your custody or 孩子的抚养费 协议, or this is a wake-up call that you need to change things in the future, you can contact Genus Law to set up your consultation with one of our 阿尔伯克基 家庭法 lawyers by chatting online with someone now or by calling (505)-317-4455.

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