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Old 03-23-2020, 08:56 AM   #1
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Do I have to let bio dad see our child every other weekend during this coronavirus crisis? (and our court is closed)
He says yes or will have me thrown in jail.

I feel it is way too risky to do so?
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Old 03-23-2020, 10:57 AM   #2
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I seriously doubt that the police will even respond to a call like that, much less put anybody in jail for it.

However, how much you risk sanctions later on depends on a variety of factors.

Your city and state?
The age of your child and any medical conditions he/she may have?
If school age, is his school closed?
How many in your city have contracted the virus? How many have died?
Has your city or state mandated "stay-at-home" rules?

The greater the risk to your community, the less likely you'll be punished for keeping your child safe.

However, at some point, your ex is likely to be awarded a significant increase in the amount of visitation later on to make up for what he is missing now.
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Old 03-23-2020, 11:19 AM   #3
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I face the same situation. It is truly not easy to decide what to do here.
So far I said NO visits.
For at least a few weeks.
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Old 03-24-2020, 11:08 AM   #4
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If you have sincere safety or logistical concerns, it is important to communicate those concerns to the bio dad, preferably in writing, before taking any final action. It is important to acknowledge and express empathy for each other. You can arrange phone and Skype/Facetime contact with bio father who is unable to see in person.
If a judge feels that you tried to use the coronavirus to your advantage, or to exploit the emergency to block the bio father, the response is likely to be severe. Simply put, judges are much more likely to find that parents who behaved with empathy and sincerity during a crisis acted justifiably.
If strict quarantine orders become a reality, visitation between households may become effectively impossible anyway.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:20 AM   #5
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Good comments above.
If you re acting reasonably it is very unlikely any action by your ex would be successful.
I agree 100%.
This is a once in a century (hopefully) crisis.
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