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At this time, COVID-19 (coronavirus) has had some impact on almost everyone. J.B. Pritzker, the Governor of Illinois, entered an executive order which requires all individuals currently living in the State of Illinois to stay at home, with some exceptions. The Order further prohibits all public and private gatherings and permits essential travel only.

Complying with courts orders is considered essential. The Executive Order specifically included under paragraph 14(e) that parenting exchanges are considered essential travel pursuant to a court ordered parenting schedule. This would include temporary orders that include allocation of parenting time as well as Allocation Judgments or Joint Parenting Agreements which allocate parenting time. The fact that the Governor entered a “stay at home” order and the fact that the courthouses are operating under limited and essential functions only, does not mean that you do not have to follow previously entered court orders regarding parenting time.

Continuing with parenting exchanges may not be in the best interests of your children in your specific case for health and safety reasons. (Read more)