Schools Reopening in the Fall | Me and My Ex Cannot Agree on Sending Our Children Back. What Should I Do?

As we all navigate through these unprecedented times brought on by the new coronavirus, many are left wondering about what the next step will be. People who lost their jobs are now searching for employment, individuals who contracted the virus are doing their best to heal, and parents are now presented with unique parenting challenges. That being said, if you are a divorced co-parent, the task of being a parent amid the COVID-19 pandemic is even more complicated.

If you share legal custody of your child with your former spouse, you first had to navigate the various aspects of sharing parenting time, making up for parenting time, and more. If you were unable to reach an initial agreement, you may have even gone to the court and requested a temporary modification. No matter your circumstances, as a divorced co-parent, you are now presented with a new challenge that is right around the corner. Schools are reopening, and parents must decide if they are on board with sending their children back.

If you and your former spouse, as well as your child, all feel safe returning to school, then you’re in great shape. However, many divorced co-parents who share legal custody are finding that they disagree as to whether children should return to school or not. Though we understand that of course, both you and your former spouse are looking out for your child’s best interests, it is a very complicated decision and both sides of the argument have valid points. That is why, if you cannot reach an agreement on your own, we believe you should strongly consider hiring a knowledgeable Massachusetts family law mediator to help.

What does a mediator do?

Essentially, a family law mediator is an unbiased third party, selected by both you and your former spouse. Essentially, you will sit down with the mediator and each of you will voice your concerns. It is the mediator’s job to listen to both points of view equally, and, from there, draft a middle ground, or some sort of an agreement regarding any given critical family law-related decision. If you believe this may work for you, your former spouse, and your child, please do not hesitate to give us a call today. We have helped countless people through the mediation process, and we know we have what it takes to do the same for you.

Contact our experienced Bristol County, Massachusetts firm

If you require compassionate and knowledgeable legal guidance for a matter of divorce, family or estate law, please do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley today. We recognize the impact a divorce can have on the lives of you or your children, which is why our firm proudly serves clients in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and throughout Bristol County.