Will the Coronavirus Impact My Child Custody Agreement in New Jersey?

Will the Coronavirus Impact My Child Custody Agreement in New Jersey?

As a divorced parent, we understand that there are few things more important to you than the safety of your children. In the wake of the coronavirus, we understand that you may be concerned about how the virus, mandatory quarantines, and other issues coming to the forefront may impact your child custody agreement. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about how we can help you.

Should I refuse to leave my children with my spouse if he/she lives in a town infected with the coronavirus?

If your spouse lives in an area currently affected by the coronavirus, you should first know that we are on your side–why would anyone want to drop off their children in an infected area? However, you should also understand that you still have to abide by your legally-enforceable child custody agreement. The best first step you can take to protect your children is to call your former spouse directly and voice your concerns. Hopefully, you can both agree that keeping your children out of an infected town or city is the best preventative measure you can take, and can, therefore, come to a temporary child custody agreement. 

However, we are also aware that plenty of former spouses will refuse to give in and listen, and that it may be tempting at this point to simply refuse to drop your children off in the infected area. However, this can get you in serious trouble with the law, and will almost certainly negatively impact your future child custody agreement. That is why in this situation, you should speak with an attorney who can file an Order to Show Cause with the New Jersey courts to schedule an emergency hearing. The hope is that you will receive an emergency modification, however, you must first prove to the court that without the modification, there will be “immediate, inimical and irreparable harm” to your child–that’s where we come in.  We understand how nerve-wracking these times can be for a parent, which is why we are here to assure you that we are always on your side. If you need help, just give us a call.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

We understand how challenging divorce and other family law issues can be, which is why we are dedicated to providing individuals with the compassionate, knowledgeable legal representation they deserve. Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman has helped clients through the various family law matters for over 40 years, which is why we know we have the experience needed to do the same for you. For powerful legal counsel regarding family law, litigation, business law, real estate, and criminal law, you know where to turn–contact Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman today to schedule a consultation.

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