Split Families Make Pacts, Duel over Custody Amid Virus
As the country hunkered down to fend off the coronavirus, Carolina McAuley expected her middle school-age kids would continue to shuffle between her house and her ex-husband’s — until she got sick.
Suddenly, her long-standing custody arrangement unraveled as she came down with a fever and chills and lost her senses of taste and smell — all presumed symptoms of the coronavirus.
“It’s creating tremendous havoc on everybody,” said Marilyn Chinitz, a matrimonial lawyer at Blank Rome in New York. “These are times where parents have to be thoughtful, they have to think of the best interest of the children and not their own selfishness.”
Many split families are working things out. Chinitz said one former couple decided to rent a home outside of virus-ravaged New York City for their child and they each take turns staying there and in a smaller home nearby.
“Split Families Make Pacts, Duel over Custody Amid Virus,” by Amy Taxin, was published in the Associated Press on April 7, 2020.
“Split Families Make Pacts, Duel over Custody Amid Virus,” by Amy Taxin, was reprinted in The New York Times on April 7, 2020.
A quote from this article was included in “Divorced during COVID: How Islanders shift custody agreements to comply with social distancing,” by Kristin F. Dalton, at SILive.com on April 9, 2020.