As most individuals are aware, there is a pandemic that is occurring all over the world in relation to the COVID-19 Virus, a.k.a. the Corona Virus. The schools in Arizona have been ordered to be shut down and many clients have called our office asking how this affects their parenting time if the other parent is now using this virus as a way to not allow them to have their parenting time. We have informed our clients that it is a case-by-case situation. We always tell our clients that if they are amicable and are able to reach an agreement and work out a different parenting time schedule, then do it!
However, if the parents are unable to reach an agreement, then the Order still stands. There is nothing in an Order which states if a child is sick or there is a potential for a child to get sick then Dad does not get his parenting time or Mom does not get her parenting time. In addition, there is no reason to withhold a child from the other parent for a “potential” of the child getting sick. It would seem like now more than ever that parents should work together to make sure each parent has contact with their children but unfortunately this is not always the case. There are parents who have very limited contact with their children and to take away that limited contact out of a fear of something that may or may not happen will only result in criminal charges or the filings with the Court in family law matters to increase. I have clients who have asked our office, “what if I have sole legal decision-making, can I say no to Father’s parenting time?” The short answer is NO! Pursuant to A.R.S. §25-401, sole legal decision-making means that “one parent has the legal right and responsibility to make major decisions for a child” but this does not mean you have the ability to dictate or interfere with the parenting time orders. You cannot change a parenting time schedule without the Court modifying that order and I can tell you most judges are not going to allow parents to interfere with court ordered parenting time out of a fear “something might happen” when in truth, there is no way to determine that it will happen.
If you are a parent and you are now being told you cannot have your parenting time due to the COVID-19, then contact our office to schedule a free consultation with our firm and know your rights. 480-656-8333.
Kim Hewes, Dodge & Vega PLC
Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Bankruptcy, Family Law, and Personal Injury Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.
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