Covid-19 - is this considered “significant” to modify custody order


As we are all unsure of what the fall school year looks like for our children, I wanted to find out if Covid-19 is a reason significant enough for judges to enter a new child custody arrangement? I understand significant changes have to take place before modifications to an original order can take place. Any advice?

While you are correct that in order to modify a child custody order, there must have been a substantial change in circumstances affecting the wellbeing of the minor child(ren). However, COVID-19 and the pandemic is not a substantial change in circumstances warranting a custody modification. Judges will expect that custody orders and schedules continue to be followed.

Be sure to read through the State of North Carolina’s Custody and Visitation Recommendations During COVID-19.

Anna Ayscue

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