Do You Have to Abide by Your Parenting Order During the Stay-at-Home Order?

Illinois Coronavirus Stay-at-Home” Order Impact on Parenting Orders

As you are all aware, the Illinois governor has ordered that starting today at 3:00 p.m., all the residents of Illinois are ordered to stay-at-home. Grocery stores will still be open and so will pharmacies. If you aren’t a first responder or some other emergency personnel, in law enforcement or health care, you are likely one of the people that is ordered to stay in your home. So if you are following the stay-at-home order and remaining in your home, can you go out to exchange your child with the other parent as detailed in your parenting order (Allocation or Custody Judgment)?

Special Circumstances Impacting Compliance with Parenting Orders?

With that said, there are some circumstances that may dictate when you shouldn’t abide by the orders. While the courts do not like people to essentially decide for themselves if they should comply, we are really left with little choice since the courts are closed down. We are allowed to file emergency motions, but we don’t know what is considered an emergency just yet.

OTHER PARENT HAS BEEN TRAVELING

First, if the other parent has been traveling, I think it would be safe to say that the parent should self-quarantine and not expect parenting time during that quarantine. Should you make your child available to Skype or do FaceTime, even if your order doesn’t provide for it? Absolutely. Keep in mind that you would not want to go 14 days without seeing your child, so instead of sitting back and figuring out how to keep your child from the other parent, think of how you can make your child available in alternative ways.

Contact Anderson & Boback for Legal Advice on Parenting Orders

These are just a few of the circumstances that have come up just today. If you have a question regarding the stay-at-home order impact on your parenting time or parenting orders, give me a call at the office 312–757–8684, or contact us by visiting our website illinoislawforyou.com, or email me directly at kanderson@illinoislawforyou.com and I’ll try and help you figure it out.

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