5 Tips For South Dakotans Co-Parenting In The Age Of Social Distancing

Practicing social distancing is difficult enough when you're at the grocery store. It’s not everybody that maintains 6 feet of separation. But at least you can control the risk of exposure in your own home, right? Unless, that is, you have children moving between homes.

With this reality in mind, here are 5 ways to co-parent during the coronavirus pandemic.

1.  Use technology to stay connected. Make the best use of technology. This can help reassure kids and lead them through not being together. This is especially true when parents are missing special days or developmental milestones with the children. 

2.  Be flexible with visitation. Set aside the resentment you may have from the past and find a way to do what’s best for your kids.

3.  Don't use the pandemic as leverage. Don’t take advantage of COVID-19 and use it as legal "strategy." Not only is this unwarranted, it could cause legal problems for you down the line. 

4.  Make physical safety a priority for everyone. If you're still switching homes, manage exposure for everyone’s sake. 

5.  Don't make things harder by changing other things. One mother’s former husband said, “You don’t need as much child support right now because you’re not getting out of the house.” This is a bad idea. Keep the same court-approved plan in place the best you can under the circumstances.

Brooke Swier Schloss
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Family Law and Estate Planning attorney helping families across South Dakota plan and protect their loved ones