The social distancing and shelter-in-place (SIP) rules don’t directly affect custody orders, so you should continue following your current custody arrangement unless you and your ex agree to an alternative plan or a judge changes your order.

However, Virginia Courts are making it clear that denying visitation during this time won’t be tolerated and may result in contempt of court and sanctions.

But some parents might have valid concerns which could justify a temporary change to custody, such as:

  • your ex has been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • you ex is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
  • your ex has a high-risk job and is frequently exposed to COVID-19, or
  • your child is high-risk for COVID-19.