How Can I Provide Child Care if I Have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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Due to the Coronavirus spread across New York and the rest of the country, many people have experienced significant changes in their everyday lives. For some, this involves stay-at-home orders and self isolation. For others, it may result in possible hospitalization. No one is able to predict the future, which is why it is important to make sure you have a plan in place should the virus affect your family. Divorced parents can have difficulty navigating this situation in general, let alone if one parent becomes sick. For example, what would happen if you contract the virus and your former spouse is unable to care for your children? You can be comforted with the knowledge that there are steps that can be taken in order to make sure your children are protected and cared for during this time.

It is important to remember that a plan should be prepared before anything may happen. This allows you to be ahead of the curve and not caught without a plan should you become sick with the virus. A plan can include a type of power attorney to name a legal guardian to care for your children if you or your former spouse cannot do so yourselves. These situations can benefit from a Limited Power of Attorney because it allows another person the right to act in certain situations for a designated period of time. This can include being a legal guardian during the Coronavirus outbreak. Without this in place, parents who are unable to care for their children may need a relative can go to court to be appointed as kinship legal guardian.

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Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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