What Co-Parents Need to Know About the Hillsborough County Administrative Order Dated April 15, 2020

April 15, 2020, Hillsborough County Courts issued another administrative order related to court proceedings.  In addition, the Order included information about Timesharing for children. Below are the key takeaways from the Order that parents should be aware of.

  1. Parties must follow the parenting plan as close as possible.

If you have a parenting plan that was incorporated in to a final judgement, temporary or other order by the court, you are expected to follow the calendar as published in the order, and neither parent is authorized to make a unilateral modification to the timesharing schedule due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  1. Any Modification Must Be Based on Mutual Agreement Of The Parties And/ Or Upon Motion And Subsequent Order

If you and your former spouse, or the other co-parent decide to modify the timesharing plan due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the modification must be communicated in writing between the parents by e-mail, text, or a parenting communication application such as OurFamilyWizzard or Taking Parents.

  1. Timesharing Exchanges Location

Timesharing exchanges that were done at a school or daycare that are now not open due to the COVID-19 outbreak, should be arranged between the parents in writing by e-mail, text, or a parenting communication application.  If you and the other co-parent cannot agree on an alternate arrangement, the exchange shall take place at the grocery store, home improvement stores, or pharmacy that is located closest to the school or daycare as determined by the distance shown on GoogleMaps, AppleMaps, or some other similar mapping program or website.  Be sure to clarify between you and the other co-parent the specific times for exchanges in those cases where the exchange time is not specified. It is important to note that any motions filed relating to time-sharing exchanges will likely be ruled upon without a hearing.

  1. A True Emergency

A true emergency exists where “a child is threatened with psychical harm or is about to be improperly removed from the state.”  Parents should be mindful in filing emergency motions that are not true emergencies.  The court may also rule upon the emergency motion without a hearing.

For more information on the April 15, 2020 Administrative Order, click here!