COVID-19: Impact on Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support Orders

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact several aspects of our daily lives. On March 31, 2020, the Supreme Court of Indiana issued an order specifically addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to existing custody, parenting time, and child support orders. The order provides, in part, that existing court orders regarding custody, parenting time, and child support shall remain in place during the COVID-19 pandemic and shall be followed. However, many parents have questions as to what happens to custody and parenting time arrangements if, for example, they contract COVID-19, if they are immunocompromised, or if they live with someone who is. Many parents face the difficulties of reduced hours at work, furloughs or terminations that may affect their ability to comply with existing child support obligations. In most situations, there are legal mechanisms in place to address to modify existing orders and address these concerns. Although the Courts are currently closed to the public, emergency matters are being heard telephonically when necessary. Fine & Hatfield, P.C., attorneys JoAnn Jacob Krantz, J. Beau Dial, and Kristin T. M. McLaughlin are experienced in family law and divorce matters and are available to guide parents through these unprecedented times.


If you have legal questions concerning family law or divorce matters, please call attorneys JoAnn Jacob Krantz, J. Beau Dial, and Kristin T. M. McLaughlin to arrange a phone conference with one of our family law and divorce attorneys.


Below is a link to the Supreme Court of Indiana order dated March 31, 2020: https://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-other-2020-20S-ms-238.pdf