How COVID-19 is Affecting Timesharing Arrangements in Florida
Parents already know that the COVID-19 crisis is creating uncertainty and disruption to Parenting Plans and timesharing orders. Whether you already have an existing Parenting Plan, or you are waiting for your first temporary timesharing order, the COVID-19 virus has created delays, questions, and confusion when it comes to compliance with existing family law orders. The Sarasota divorce attorney at the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell, P.A. can explain how COVID-19 is affecting timesharing arrangements in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, Florida.
Confusion interpreting timesharing agreements during COVID-19
COVID-19 is affecting timesharing arrangements by creating confusion in existing timesharing orders and Parenting Plans. In general, these timesharing orders and Parenting Plans are still enforceable. For example, if the parents have timesharing on a rotating weekly basis, then they must continue to follow that timesharing schedule. However, for parents who change parenting time during summer break, there is legitimate confusion about when the summer break begins this year. Parents may also have other questions about how child exchanges occur while stay-at-home orders and executive orders are in effect. Generally speaking, these stay-at-home orders do not affect your pick-up and drop off exchanges as set forth in your Parenting Plan or timesharing order. In other words, you are expected to still leave the home for timesharing child exchanges.
Delays in court hearing dates during COVID-19
Another way that COVID-19 is impacting timesharing agreements is by creating delays in court hearings. Families need access to the courts. Parents who need to request changes to existing court orders for their children may find themselves frustrated waiting for future court hearing dates. You can still get these hearings scheduled, but you will have to jump through more a lot more hoops and will have to appear by Zoom or phone only. In short, COVID-19 has negatively impacted the ability of parents to access the court system to be heard at hearings about timesharing and parental responsibility related matters.
How a Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice, Florida divorce attorney can help with timesharing questions during COVID-19
The Sarasota divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell, P.A. can help you if you have questions about your timesharing arrangement or Parenting Plan during COVID-19. With over 20 years of experience in the local Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice, Florida courts, we know how the judges are likely to handle your various questions and concerns that relate to COVID-19. Our law firm can give you guidance to interpret your existing timesharing court order and Parenting Plan. In addition, if appropriate, we can help you file a motion to enforce your timesharing rights and protects your children. During and after the COVID-19 crisis, our Sarasota divorce attorney fights for your legal rights and for the best interests of your children. Contact us at (941) 556-7020. We are here to help you!