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Can the Coronavirus Affect Custodial Rights? How Divorces and Parenting Time May Be Impacted

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Due to the coronavirus, and the attendant shelter-in-place orders issued in the state, the movement has become very difficult. Although this can affect your custodial rights, it cannot change your rights. If you have a custody and parenting time order from the court, that order has not changed and you still need to follow it. But if there are risks involved in exchanging custody, a temporary change to custodial rights can be employed. You can also embrace virtual parenting to substitute for in-person parenting.

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How to Co-parent During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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The best way to co-parent during this coronavirus pandemic is through cooperation between co-parents. Parents need to come together and map out the most suitable way to ensure that they are both involved and the child is kept safe. It is not the time to be disagreeable or uncooperative, there is a lot of unease and unrest right now.Both parents should actively seek to put their child at ease and try to dissolve whatever brewing tensions.

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Can I Expect Divorce Rates to Rise After Coronavirus?

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It is very likely that divorce rates will rise after the coronavirus. Since the outbreak of the global pandemic, divorce lawyers have been receiving more requests than usual. This is because some spouses are unable to adapt toliving in such close proximity with one another. Without access to the outside world, self-isolation and self-quarantine can cause more conflict and strive in already strained relationships. When looking at these factors, including finances and or domestic violence, it is possible for divorce rates to rise after the coronavirus.

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Can I Proceed with Divorce if a Stay at Home Order is in Effect?

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Yes, you can proceed with your divorce despite the stay at home order. Although, right nowa limited amount of courts are open in Minnesota, divorce proceedings can only be instituted and continuedvirtually. The length of time to complete your divorce case might be extended considerably due to the COVID-19. But if you and your partner come to a mutually beneficial agreement on time or if you have an uncontested divorce, your divorce case might be finalized much sooner.

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Should my Custody Order be Temporarily Adjusted During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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If you are willing to opt for this, it is a great idea. During this coronavirus pandemic, several compromises have to be made. However, your custody order can only be temporarily adjusted according to the law. Also, you cannot make this decision without the consent and the agreement of the other parent. Before you apply to the court for adjustment of the custody order can be adjusted temporarily, both parents need to be in agreement that this is the best move for the child.

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