Parent and child holding hands in sunset.Disagreement regarding parenting time and pandemic guidelines is rising to the surface as a significant point of disagreement during this unprecedented time.  I think the primary focus as divorced parents seek common ground is RESPECT.  While it is important to respect each other through the co-parenting partnership, the COVID pandemic stresses these agreements because your life and/or health and that of your child are at the forefront of each parent’s concerns.  I would suggest at a minimum to follow the CDC and state-mandated guidelines as a starting point.  Any additional restrictions should be met with an understanding of each other’s concerns with your children’s well-being as your primary guide.  Whatever you decide, do not disparage the alternate parent’s position.  Such remarks will not serve your children’s best interests.

To learn more tips on how to co-parent during the challenges of COVID-19 read this article, “Coparenting During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic.”