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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Co-Parenting Struggles in the Time of Covid-19

Co-parenting can be difficult in the best of times. Throw a pandemic into the mix, and things can become exponentially more complicated and tough to handle. Know that you are not alone. Co-parents across the country have been faced with new and heightened challenges underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic. Here, we will not only discuss some of these challenges but also offer possible solutions to help overcome them.

Co-Parenting Struggles in the Time of Covid-19

One of the biggest struggles perpetuated and aggravated in the time of COVID-19 is the fear and uncertainty of what the future holds for us. Combine the uncertainty with the ever climbing fatality rates and the economy in shambles and you have some people stressed out like never before. Unfortunately, having children can highlight these struggles and leave you feeling particularly vulnerable to the hurdles that may lay ahead. In addition to the normal, everyday parenting stresses, you have the possibility of things like job loss and the incredible responsibility of doing what you can to protect your children and loved ones from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

As the world begins to reopen, the threat of the pandemic looms and it should absolutely be addressed by co-parents. Important things left unsaid can not only put your family at risk health-wise but can also breed unnecessary resentment. Talk to your co-parent about what activities you feel are safe for your child to participate in. If either of you have some firm boundaries you would like to set in this regard, explain why you feel this way and try and reach an agreement. There are a wide range of perspectives on this from many parents.

It really cannot be emphasized enough that communication between co-parents is of the utmost importance. Communicate your expectations and listen to your co-parents expectations. More and more things are reopening. Will your child be going back to school in person? Are they available for playdate with friends? Set your expectations with your co-parent. Also, be sure to always be transparent with you co-parent, especially should you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19. You would want them to do the same so that you could both work together to develop a plan to keep your kids safe.

In these conversations, things may easily become heated. People have some very strong opinions on this pandemic and their children. Emphasize the common ground you both share. You both want your child to be happy and healthy. Come back to this point whenever the conversation seems to stray.

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In the time of COVID-19 and beyond, the dedicated team of family law attorneys at Navarrete & Schwartz are here to provide trusted legal support to you and your loved ones. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. We are proud to serve the residents of Midland, Texas. Contact us today.


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