FACETIME, SKYPE OR VIDEO CONFERENCE – Stay in touch with your children.
During this COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, parents may need to work together for each parent to spend time with their children. While visitation orders are still in place, it may be necessary to consider Skype, FaceTime or video conferencing to avoid spreading the virus. If any parent is having symptoms or in self-quarantine, a solution to be able to spend time with your children might be FaceTime, Skype or video conferencing. We are seeing a large number of parents both custodial and non-custodial parents needing to modify their daily contact with their children. It is more important right now to consider taking steps to protect other family members by limiting contact during this time period. While children are not experiencing serious affects from COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are hearing that older family members are at risk. We have non-custodial parents seeking to limit contact due to symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 and quarantine. Every parent should be taking protective measures and Skype, FaceTime and Video Conferencing may be the answer to still be involved with your child. Schools are closed and that does not mean that children should be transported around. Suspending school is a sure sign that the guidelines want children to remain at home. This creates a problem for the non-custodial parent. Exercising visitation is a legal right; however, we need to consider the larger picture. Custodial parents need to make alternatives available and utilize Skype, FaceTime or video conferencing at a minimum. Keeping that contact as routine as possible will ease the child’s emotional well-being and health as well. If you have questions about custody or visitation during this pandemic, call us today (205)623-1001. We have attorneys on staff ready and willing to answer all your family law questions.
UPDATE 3/19/20. I wanted to update this post with a current court order dealing with suspension of visitation. All names and case details have been removed but this gives great insight to what Judges in Alabama are thinking in suspension cases with the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
“The Court is in receipt of a motion filed by the custodian requesting the suspension of visitation
as well as objection . . .
Given the circumstances that our Nation and State face with the spread of the COVID-19 virus,
the court has concerns for the welfare of all parties and the families of the parties.
We are living in a very fluid environment. Changes to our way life are being made daily, as well
as the recommendations of how people can avoid and help reduce the spread of the virus.
Out of an abundance of caution and concern for not only the minor child, but all parties and
families, the COURT ORDERS the temporary suspension of visitation. The custodian shall
make telephone visitation available at very liberal times.
The temporary suspension of visitation shall remain in place pending a written recommendation
of the GAL being filed with the COURT. Once received, and if in the Court’s opinion a hearing
is necessary, a telephone conference will be conducted.”