What should Vermont parents know if they want to modify a custody or visitation order because they want to protect children from exposure to COVID-19?
The COVID-19 public health crisis and the Vermont courts’ Declaration of Judicial Emergency are not, taken alone, a basis for changing parental rights and responsibilities (custody) and parent-child contact.
At the time of this website update on August 18, 2020, motions to suspend, modify or enforce parent-child contact in juvenile and domestic cases are not suspended by the courts’ current Administrative Order. During the COVID-19 crisis, if parties cannot reach agreement about parent-child contact, either parent should be able to bring the matter to the court for resolution. That includes the parent who wants to enforce the existing order, or the parent who wants to suspend or modify the order.
- Child Custody and Visitation (Parental Rights and Responsibilities)
- Changing a Custody or Visitation Order
- Vermont Judiciary website
- Vermont Health Department's information on the COVID-19 coronavirus and preventing illness