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Dear Attorneys,

I am divorced and have a shared parenting plan with my ex-spouse. The issue is, I don’t feel as though she is keeping the kids safe during the COVID-19 health crisis. We just can’t see eye to eye on social distancing, and with things starting to re-open, I am very worried she will let up on necessary restrictions. I am really at a loss with what to do. Should I call DCF and see if they will help?


Social Distanced Dad


Dear Distanced,

You are not the only parent with this worry, and you are smart to think about how your parenting plan will be impacted by social distancing requirements. That said, you should probably not call the Department of Children & Families (DCF). It is not likely that they would intervene in this circumstance.

The best thing to do right now is to work together. You will have to try your best to calmly and effectively communicate your concerns with your co-parent. That may not seem easy, especially in the midst of these uncertain times, but it is what is in the best interest of the children. Compromise is key in these situations. Try to come up with a reasonable plan to have in place for the children that each parent can follow when it comes to social distancing.

Should you need help negotiating these scenarios, our office is here for you. If you’re looking to make your parenting plan dispute easier, and not harder, Wolf & Shore Law Group is the firm for you.

Attorneys Kristen Wolf and Shari Shore are both tenacious enough to protect your best interests, and compassionate enough to understand the difficulties that arise during a parenting plan dispute. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

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