After the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York State hard, courthouses began limiting services and in-person hearings, only allowing emergency cases to be heard. While the temporary closure of courthouses are meant to help curb the spread of the virus, some parents seem to be taking it as an is to change the terms of their custody agreements. While some parents are saying that the temporary changes they have made are in the best interest of their child, others are being accused of modifying the agreements to punish their ex.
Mother of 4 Accuses Estranged Husband of Punishing Her by Keeping Her Away from Her Kids
After the mother of four agreed to let her estranged husband take their kids to the family’s summer home in Long Island in mid-March, she was under the impression that she would be able to reunite with her children shortly after. The woman, whose name has not been disclosed, told the New York Post that she left to go meet up with her kids seven days after they had left only to be told she had to stay in the guest house. According to the woman, her ex told her she needed to be quarantined.
Nearly two months had passed, and the woman says she still has had no physical contact with her children. The mother told the source that every time she leaves the house, her ex says, “Nope, got to start over,” referring to the two-week quarantine. She is also blaming her ex for brainwashing their children as they are fearful of coming in close contact with her. The woman believes her ex, who she was been married to for 25 years but lives separately from now, is doing this to punish her. While the mom says the couple was sharing custody of their kids, after the virus sent the family to their summer home, things haven’t been the same.
A father in NY is going through a similar struggle. The source says “Adam,” whose real name has not been disclosed, allowed his ex to take his daughter to New Jersey to “ride out the coronavirus storm” thinking he would still be allowed to visit with her. Unfortunately, he realized that his ex wasn’t prepared to follow through with the terms stipulated in their previously established court order. Now, he doesn’t know when he will see his daughter again or if he will get to make up his lost parenting days.
Despite what might be happening in the U.S., parents are still expected to abide by all custody orders that have been established. If your child’s other parent isn’t abiding by the terms of the custody order or has decided to set his/her “own” rules regarding the custody of your children, you need to contact the Law Offices of David L. Martin, Esq., P.C. to speak with one of our Nassau County, NY family law attorneys.
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