Timesharing your child or children can be challenging under normal circumstances. The reason you are timesharing a child is because you and the child’s other parent couldn’t get along and decided to go your separate ways. The negative emotional feelings you may have for the other parent may become more intense during times of stress.
Other than the events of September 11, 2002, I have not lived through a more stressful time than the one that our country is experiencing right now with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
You may believe it is in your child’s best interests to “socially distance” them from their own parent for the child’s own protection. If you do that, you should be aware that you are taking a big risk that the other parent will not see it that way.
More importantly, a judge may not share your concern and if the judge believes that you were wrong to keep the minor child away from their other parent, then you may be on the receiving end of a court order that could among other things incarcerate you or provide to the other parent more timesharing than they originally had.
Before you unilaterally modify a court order regarding timesharing, you should ask yourself if this is truly in the best interests of the minor child.
Finally, make sure you keep the evidence supporting your decision preserved so that if you are called upon to explain you can properly do so.
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