What happens if my ex-spouse has COVID-19? Watch the video above to learn more.
“Hi, I’m Chris Schmiedeke of Divorce Simplified. We help clients simplify the divorce process. In this video I’m going to talk to you a little bit about what happens if one party or the child has COVID-19 or is suspected that they could have COVID-19. All the local courts have put orders in place. When I say local courts, I’m talking about Dallas County, Collin County, Denton County, Texas. All state that if you fear that you have COVID-19 or you have been exposed to COVID-19, you are under a duty, shall report that to the other party, to the other parent or the other conservator. If you have or fear that the child has COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19, you are also under a duty and shall report that information to the other party.
If any of those scenarios come into play, where you or your child have COVID-19 or you fear you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, then you are supposed to get with the other parent and come up with a schedule that is going to best serve the interests of the child or what the courts call the best interest of the child. So in that scenario, there may be a quarantine situation where you have to have the child with you for 14 consecutive days and they can’t be with the parent who has COVID-19. You all are supposed to work those things out and you need to work those things.
If you cannot work those out with the other parent, then you need to contact an attorney and I will put our contact information at the end of this video. But you need to get that before the court because that is what the court definitely considers an emergency situation and we can present evidence and have hearings with the court via Zoom video conferencing and we can get that issue resolved for you. Talk to you soon.”
I was born in Dallas and spent the majority of my life here. I moved to Denver in the middle of the first grade and moved back to Plano in the middle of the eleventh grade. I graduated from Plano Senior High in 1984 and then attended Richland College and the University of North Texas where a received a Bachelor of Business Administration. From there I attended the Texas Tech University School of Law and was licensed to practice law in May of 1993.