Timesharing and Virtual Schooling during COVID
COVID continues to dominate the way our children are educated. In many states, Florida included, many schools are closed and those that can open do so on irregular schedules, sometimes children going half days or every other day. In addition to schools being closed or off a regular schedule, most school districts offer parents a choice whether to send their child to school or keep them home and do the schooling virtually. Most states offer several ways children can be schooled at home.
All this being said, if parents are forced or decide to school their children from home, that fact can and does often disrupt the parenting plan for families where there has been divorce or separation. Most parenting plans set out a schedule of days with overnights for each parent. Schooling from home, however, rarely is able to follow a parenting plan set down and adjudicated before COVID interfered. While the new arrangement for child care during each school day makes for adjustments, there are ways a couple can work things out to best meet the needs of their child.
Probably the best and easiest way to accommodate the need for one parent to be at home each day with their child is for parents to work together to arrange a suitable daily care plan. For example, one parent may be able to do their work from home, and their work is such they can supervise the child at the same time they are working. The other parent can then come in the evening to take the child for overnight to give the daily care parent a break. Then weekends can be set up for every other week. If, however, a child is too young to work online independently, parents may have to alternate daily schedule such as one do mornings the other afternoons and then keep to the parenting plan for overnights. Another idea is for parents to arrange their workdays to every other day or week and keep the child on their non-workday. Working together, a couple can find a way to provide daily supervisory care until schools reopen.
Unfortunately, many parents cannot get along well enough to work out a home care plan for their child. In these cases, when parents can’t act alone, it is time to speak with their attorney to get help in creating a workable plan. Parental timesharing does not stop because of COVID, and the courts require a reasonable arrangement when necessity creates the need for adjustments to the parenting plan. Like it or not, parents will need to be flexible in the best interest of their child..
If you live in Florida in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami Dade, Broward, Orange, or Hillsborough County or New York, or Washington DC, Family Law Attorney Grant Gisondo knows about adjusting parenting plans during COVID. If your original attorney is no longer available, Attorney Gisondo can help. He offers a free, initial, in-office consultation to provide answers to questions and to share how he can help. His office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and for new clients from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. You can call his office phone at (561) 530-4568 to make an appointment.