VIRTUAL & PHONE MEDIATION SESSIONS
At Matrimonial Mediation, as caring attorney mediators, we strive to be sensitive and responsive to our clients' needs. With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, safety through social distancing is a priority. In order to continue to provide the same high level of service during this unprecedented time, we are now offering phone and virtual mediation services to help you efficiently resolve your Legal Separation, Divorce, or Child Custody/Support issues without you ever needing to leave your home.
C0-Parenting During Coronavirus:
As our country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, divorced parents face many unique challenges. Schools are closed and kids are at home, and due to social distancing guidelines, children cannot even go outside and play with other kids. For those who are co-parenting during this unprecedented time, there are a lot of issues that need to be dealt with. First, most people have experienced major changes to their schedules - some have been laid off, others are working from home, and others are working overtime on the front lines to help with crisis. Also, for those who have always had their children's grandparents as their primary back-up child care, that might not be the best idea as older individuals are considered to be in a high risk group if they are exposed to the virus.
With all of the schedule disruptions, your work or living situation now may be completely different than it was when your original Parenting Plan was established. In times like these, your children need you, and everyone needs to try to be flexible and work together. Trying to stick to a plan that never took into consideration a situation like this will cause unnecessary stress for everyone involved. The best thing you can do now is to look at your current schedules and the needs of your children (e.g., the amount of help they need to keep up with their schoolwork, their level of independence, etc.), and try to work something out that everyone can live with. In addition to scheduling, another major issue is safety and social distancing. Some households may be taking more precautions than others, and this can be a big source of stress between individuals trying to co-parent. Other issues that may come up include parent's concerns over children's technology usage, as they are now home 24 hours a day and are cut off from extracurricular activities, as well as ensuring children are keeping up with their school work.
If you are struggling trying to figure all of this out, there is help available. This is an exceptionally stressful time, and it may be helpful to have an outside professional help you come to an agreement that meets the needs of the entire family. At Matrimonial Mediation, we have helped countless couples over the years to develop parenting plans that are customized to fit their unique circumstances. Our mediation sessions are affordable and effective. Most couples only require one or two sessions to come to an agreement.