Statewide Family Law Panel Issues Guidance for Custody and Parenting Time During Coronavirus Pandemic

Statewide Family Law Panel Issues Guidance for Custody and Parenting Time During Coronavirus Pandemic

2020-03-26T19:57:50+00:00March 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Oregon Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee (SFLAC) issued their thoughts and recommendations for parents who share custody or parenting time, in hopes of informing parents with questions and concerns after Governor Brown’s Stay-At-Home Order was released on Monday.

SFLAC states and encourages parties to continue following their parenting plans and custody orders as normal, as doing so will “ensure a level of consistency and stability that is in the children’s best interests.”

The Committee offers recommendations and practices to follow to ensure families stay safe while continuing to follow the guidelines of their parenting plans. They suggest parents should not use COVID-19 as a reason to deny the other parent their parenting time, stating, “unless otherwise ordered by the court, parents are considered fit to care for their children and make decisions regarding the day-to-day aspects of parenting while the children are in their care. This day-to-day care includes following the Oregon Health Authority and your County Public Health directives regarding social distancing and sanitation-related measures (such as frequent hand-washing).”

Read more recommendations from SFLAC on Oregon Live.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding issues with your co-parent denying your time with your child, contact our office to schedule a phone consultation or video conference with an experienced family law attorney who can inform you of your parental rights during these uncertain times.