Navigating Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support During COVID-19 – Updated 5/22/20

By Jeffrey Nicholas Van Erp posted 14 days ago

  

Friend of the Court offices and circuit courts around the state have been inundated with questions surrounding custody and parenting time during the COVID-19 outbreak. Following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s initial order requiring residents to shelter in place (the current order is Mich Exec Order No 2020-91), the State Court Administrative Office put together frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing parenting time and child support issues during COVID-19. The FAQs were recently revised to add additional questions and answers.

 

Some common parenting time questions addressed in the FAQs include the following:

  • What are some parenting time alternatives that can be used?
  • What if the public place for parenting time exchanges is closed?
  • What if the minor child is in the high-risk category for COVID-19 and the custodial parent is concerned about exposure during parenting time?
  • Does parenting time continue if a parent or a child tests positive for or has been exposed to COVID-19?

Some common questions in the child support FAQs include the following:

  • How does child support impact unemployment benefits?
  • How can child support be changed in light of employment changes?
  • Will the federal stimulus be affected by a child support order?

If your clients have custody or parenting time questions during the COVID-19 outbreak, check out the FAQs before contacting the court or the Friend of the Court for preliminary guidance.

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