Co-Parenting in 2021 During PandemicOne of the most difficult issues that divorced parents face during the pandemic is how best (and safely) to manage parenting time. Co-parenting is challenging even without the stress of virtual school, working from home, and potential exposures to COVID-19. Taking the time to sit down with the help of a mediator or co-parenting coach to help map out a plan that will work for you. AMS Mediation can help you with this process so that you can put your kids first and reduce your overall stress level.

Tips for Co-Parenting During The Pandemic

Each family has to juggle different factors when it comes to COVID-19. Coming up with a plan that prioritizes safety depends on the professions of each parent, any underlying health conditions of members of the family, whether your kids are attending school in person or virtually, childcare and your shared perspective on how to handle quarantine, masking, and social distancing with others outside of your family unit.

The team at AMS Mediation recommends that you keep the following in mind as you navigate this difficult situation:
1. It will not last forever: It has been a long year for everyone, but the COVID-19 restrictions will not last forever. Try to keep that in mind and remember that this is hard for both you, your ex and your children.
2. Communicate openly and honestly: Be honest if you or someone you have been in contact with has been exposed. Do not hide high-risk behaviors. Staying open and honest will go a long way toward ensuring trust between you and your ex.
3. Be flexible: This time is hard for everyone. Try to be flexible with your ex, especially if the requests to see your children are reasonable.
4. Your custody arrangement does not change unless you consent or file an amendment with the court: Even if you and your ex decide to make some changes to your parenting plan during COVID-19, your actual custody agreement does not change unless you file an amendment with the courts.
5. Follow your local requirements for social distancing and masking: Keep everyone safe and reassure your co-parent that you are taking the pandemic seriously by wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines.
6. Use technology for virtual visits: When you or your ex are not able to see your kids, schedule virtual visits so that they can stay connected with both parents.
7. Use the court system as a last resort: Mediation is a great way to resolve parenting issues during COVID-19. The court system should only be used in an extreme case.

Virtual Mediation Services in MN

If you would like more information about parenting mediation services during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact the team at AMS Mediation at 952-252-1492 for a free virtual consultation.

A MESSAGE FROM AMS, LLC - RE: COVID-19

The safety of clients, ourselves, and colleagues is our top priority while we remain available to assist you as you navigate the new and uncharted territory caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Offering All Services Virtually

While providing virtual ADR services was not part of our plan, we have made the necessary accommodations to ensure we can continue to serve our clients during these unsettling times. All services are currently available through virtually. We are using Zoom for videoconferencing. We suggest that you download this app to your phone or the program to your computer at https://zoom.us/download.

 

Limited In-Person Services

We have resumed limited in-person services for sessions with 1 or 2 participants scheduled for a maximum of 2 hours. Masks are required in our building and in session. Availability is subject to change based on local regulations and CDC guidelines.

 

Office Hours

Our office hours remain the same and we remain available by phone and email. The main office number is 952.252.1492. Gayle can be reached via email at gayle@amsmediationplus.com.

 

New Clients Welcome

We offer free 1-hour divorce consultations via Zoom. Potential PC and PTE clients are invited to schedule a free 15-minute phone call. Please call 952.252.1492 to set up an appointment. We are here to help!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to adapt to these rapidly changing and chaotic times. Stay strong, stay resilient, and stay healthy!

 

Sincerely,
Amber Serwat & Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

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