Divorcing parents who are living in separate homes will likely feel the strain of the coronavirus pandemic much stronger than those families who are all living under one roof. Disagreements over parenting choices and decisions, concerns over how — or if — social interactions should take place, and fears regarding bills and income may be some of the primary issues on parents’ minds when they are going through a divorce during this time. However, if you are able to work together with your former partner to address matters related to your children, you can be prepared for success once things return to normal.

Tips for Managing Your Home During the Pandemic 

You can increase your chances of making it through this difficult time and protecting your children’s best interests by learning how to cooperate and work together with your former spouse and co-parent. It is important to discuss the tough topics, no matter how difficult this can be. These may include:

  • How life might change if one or both parents become ill

  • What safety precautions should be taken at each home

  • If and when your child should visit the doctor for non-emergency care

  • How you will both work with your child to meet their academic requirements as they finish out the school year

  • Whether the child will be permitted to visit friends and family members outside of their home

  • Who will be in charge of care if your child becomes infected by the virus

In addition to talking through these hard subjects, you will likely want to do your best to keep things in perspective. Educate yourself on the truths about the virus and avoid feeding into the frenzy of rumors and disinformation that are spreading on social media. It is also recommended that parents talk to their child about the virus, rather than try to hide the truth from them about what is happening. Without reassurance, children may fall victim to rumors and paranoia. Continue to avoid contact with the outside world as much as possible, and find fun ways to pass the time with your kids. Shop online, if at all possible, and encourage everyone in the household to wash their hands often. You may also want to consider postponing any legal proceedings until the virus matter is cleared up. Due to temporary court closures, you may have no choice but to wait until you are able to address ongoing legal issues related to your divorce.

Find New Ways to Share Parenting Time

Families who are required to stay at home during the pandemic may need to change the way they handle parenting time to ensure that children can maintain their relationship with both parents while also staying safe. One option is for children to regularly speak with their non-custodial parent over video chat, a solution that is often employed by families that need a way to connect long-distance. Though it is not the same as an in-person visit, this will allow you and your children to converse and bond while following the rules for staying at home when possible and avoiding exposure to the coronavirus.

Contact Our Lombard Divorce Lawyers

If you and your family are in the midst of a divorce but are struggling to manage during Illinois’ “stay at home” order, contact Mevorah Law Offices LLC for advice, guidance, and assistance. Our competent Bloomingdale divorce attorneys are dedicated to protecting the best interests of your whole family. Call us today at 630-755-6426 to schedule a personal, no-obligation consultation.