Back-to-School and Custody: Navigating Parenting Disputes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 15, 2020

ICYMI: You can access a recording of the webcast here.


Co-parenting with an estranged spouse or significant other can be challenging even in the best of times. Doing so in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis presents added layers of complexity, uncertainty, and stress. Existing custody and parenting time agreements often fail to address unforeseen circumstances such as quarantines, travel bans, and virtual learning.

Join us as on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT as we unravel answers to some of the most common family law related questions that have arisen during the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically:

  • What happens when parents can’t agree on whether a child should attend school in-person or online through remote virtual learning?
  • What can I do if the other parent is not respecting social distancing measures or is engaging in other risky behavior that increases the potential risk of infection to our children?
  • Can my ex withhold parenting time if he or she believes I have been exposed to Covid-19?
  • Can I travel out-of-state to visit friends or family without jeopardizing my parenting time?
  • How does Covid-19 impact my pending custody evaluation or custody neutral assessment?
  • How can I make sure my child is coping with the stress and isolation caused by Covid-19?
  • How can I discuss Covid-19 with my young children without scaring them? 
  • How can I ensure that my child remains active and engaged during virtual instruction?


  • Kevin Balistreri (Moderator)
    Associate Attorney, Family Law Group, Obermayer
  • Honorable Charles M. Rand, P.J.F.P. (Ret.)
    Charles M. Rand Mediation Services
  • Dr. Ronald S. Gruen, Ed.D.
    Licensed Psychologist
  • Dr. Tishanna Majette, PhD, MBA, ACS
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Shelly Lukoff, MSW, L.C.S.W.
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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