NEW Arizona COVID-19 Parenting Time Guidelines

Categories: Child Custody

The Superior Court in Maricopa County has issued new Family Court Guidelines for Parenting Time of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic. These new guidelines comply with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-18 (Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected), CDC recommendations, and applicable family law. If you have a parenting plan or parenting time order, then these guidelines may apply to you.

How to Comply with Parenting Time Orders

With school closures, executive orders, illness, and logistical challenges, mothers and fathers under parenting time orders now have greater certainty. The guidelines instruct parents as to what they should and should not do with family routines disrupted by the pandemic.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Parents must comply with any existing parenting time orders unless they agree otherwise, or until the orders are modified.
  • COVID-19 is not generally a reason to deny parenting time.
  • Parents being on the road for the purpose of transporting children under a parenting plan does not violate Arizona Executive Order 2020-18.
  • How spring break, summer break, vacation time, and holidays should be interpreted.
  • What to do if a family member has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • How to manage parenting time in public places.
  • How to carry out supervised parenting time.
  • How to conduct parenting time exchanges while limiting spread of the virus.

For the complete list with full descriptions and explanations, download and read the guidelines. Share them with the other parent. Communicate and cooperate in the best interests of your children. Contact your family law attorney if you have concerns about parenting time access or believe temporary orders should be obtained.