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Maryland Court-ordered child visitation and exchange during Covid-19 pandemic

Posted by Jerry Williams | Mar 30, 2020

With the recent pandemic, parents are wondering what to do about the other parent's access to the child or children in light of the given circumstances. Many parents are now faced with a dilemma of whether to violate a court order and deny access to the other parent because the child is currently with you, or follow the court order that grants access and exchanges for the child with the other parent. 

The Maryland Judiciary issued a statement on matters concerning children and families to help clarify some concerns that parents may have, identifying that "[a]ll court orders for a child's custody, parenting time, and child support are still in effect." In situations where the parents can communicate and make an agreement then the parties can adjust their shared parenting responsibilities for an agreement in the best interests of their children. 

Protective Orders

As of March 25, 2020, all new protective order petitions will be handled by commissioners. If there is a need for protection, one must contact the District Court Commissioner in your county or in Baltimore City for instruction on how and where to file.  Interim Orders remain in effect until the court takes further action. 

Maryland Courts are currently open, but closed to the general public, and operating with limited staff. The Circuit Courts are only hearing certain types of cases, which now include family law emergencies when there is a believable risk of substantial physical or emotional harm to a child or parent. Maryland Judiciary's statement is here

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Jerry Williams

Attorney Jerry “Jay” Williams, III cares about his clients. For over ten years, Jay has represented individuals in and out of court across the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C., during difficult times for clients. Jay has aggressively fought for his clients and pursued financial awards for p...