Are Parenting Exchanges Permitted Under COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

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Are Parenting Exchanges Permitted Under COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

March 21, 2020 | Divorce,Parenting (Child Custody)

Are Parenting Exchanges Permitted Under COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order requiring Illinois residents to stay home, subject to certain exceptions. This order is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the public health. Under the order, people cannot leave their homes except for “essential” activities and travel.

There are many essential activities set forth in the order. But for divorced or divorcing parents who are operating under a temporary or permanent parenting schedule, is travel for a parenting exchange permitted under the executive order? Fortunately, the answer is a clear YES. Per the order, travel is permitted if it is required by law enforcement or a court order, “including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.” (¶14(e)).

This makes sense. Maintaining consistency for children during these turbulent times is important to their health and safety. Divorced Parents should continue to follow their allocation judgments. If a parent believes an emergency arises which prevents compliance with the parenting schedule,  then that parent should consult an attorney.

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