Oregon guidance for parenting plans should be applied to Arizona plans

by Annette Burns on March 26, 2020

Oregon was well-prepared to provide guidance to parents about their parenting plans and parenting time during the COVID crisis. Oregon had a pre-existing panel, the Oregon Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee, which was able to provide almost immediate guidance about court orders for parenting time. Those guidelines can be found here and include the following:

While the schools are closed, parenting time shall continue as if the children are still attending school 

COVID-19 is not a reason to deny parenting time.

Unless otherwise ordered by the court, parents are considered fit to care for their children and make decisions regarding the day-to-day aspects of parenting while the children are in their care. 

During the exchange of the children, all parties should follow the CDC guidelines for limiting the spread of the virus, which may mean choosing an alternate location for the exchanges that has less people congregating and less touching of public items (changing from the restaurant to the grocery store parking lot for example).

. . . parents are encouraged to communicate about precautions they are taking to slow the spread of COVID-19. A parent is not permitted to deny parenting time based upon the other parent’s unwillingness to discuss their precautionary measures taken, or belief that the other parent’s precautions are insufficient.

If parenting time is missed due to COVID-19-related issues or government orders, parents are encouraged to work collaboratively to schedule makeup parenting time that promotes their children’s safety and wellbeing. Local courts are strongly encouraged to order makeup parenting time, when appropriate.

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