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We know that so many things feel uncertain at this time, and that each day we are inundated with new information from the local and federal governments about the COVID-19 global pandemic. It can be overwhelming, as parents, trying to manage the household, your own work and the children’s home schooling. Adding to that are the concerns that come along with co-parenting in the midst of this health crisis. We appreciate that this is new territory to navigate. Family law lawyers and the courts have received many questions about parenting transitions and how to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 while transitions between households continue. The following are a few tips to help you manage co-parenting in the time of COVID-19:


  • The parenting schedule that was in place before “isolation” or “quarantine” should continue without interruption save for self-isolation as required by public health (ie. 14 days upon returning to Canada) so long as both households are healthy and symptom free.
  • Parents are strongly discouraged from taking unilateral steps to change parenting arrangements on the basis of COVID-19, but are encouraged to cooperate and make arrangements that reduce the risk of spreading the virus which could include reducing the frequency of transitions and having the children remain with each parent for longer durations, where appropriate.
  • Parents should communicate regarding COVID-19 protocols and try to coordinate to have the same hygiene and disinfecting routines in each of their homes. Some examples are:

    • Sharing information about what protocols are in place in each household to maintain cleanliness and disinfect 
    • Confirmation that each parent is following current public health recommendations and having the children do so as well
    • Agreements that the children will not physically socialize with anyone outside the household and will not be going to public places
    • If one parent continues to work outside the home, sharing information as to measures taken to protect against contracting the virus (ie. protective equipment, physical distancing, etc.)
    • Cooperating to ensure that both households have access to necessities including food, toiletries and disinfectants

Reaching out to the other parent to cooperate regarding these interim measures is not only encouraged, but will also be viewed positively in the long run. Most importantly, this is the best way to help your children adapt, because it gives them the stability of similar routines in both households. If you have any questions about how to create COVID-19 specific parenting protocols, are experiencing parenting challenges at this time, or are concerned that the children may be at risk with the other parent, please contact Goldhart & Associates. We can help!

About the Author

Maneesha Mehra is an associate at Goldhart & Associates and joined the firm in February 2015 after practicing at several boutique family law firms in Toronto. She was called to the bar in 2006 after articling with a full-service law firm. Maneesha has experience in civil litigation, but has been practising family law exclusively since January 2008.

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