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Chester County Family Court Guidance for Custody Orders During COVID-19

By Lauren Dentone, Esq.Lauren Dentone

In the confusion and uncertainty that is COVID-19, the family law practitioners of Gawthrop Greenwood are here to answer your questions regarding any potential impact to child custody exchanges during this period of “Stay at Home.”

Guidelines were issued with Governor Wolf’s March 23, 2020 ‘Stay at Home’ Order setting forth the allowable activities during that time.  Specifically, essential travel, which is permitted during this time, includes “travel to care for…minors, dependents…” and “travel required by law enforcement or court order.” In light of those guidelines, we understand that the Governor’s order does not prohibit necessary travel to effectuate existing custody orders.

In furtherance of the above guidelines, Chester County Family Court has proactively issued the following:

“[I]t is the policy of the Chester County Family Court that existing custody orders which provide for custodial exchanges of children are to be complied with, absent true exigent or emergency circumstances.” 

We urge any clients who are concerned about the existence of “emergency circumstances” in a custody arrangement, to consult with your Family Law Team at Gawthrop Greenwood prior to effectuating any self-help measures. Chester County Family Court has employed a specific set of instructions by which temporary emergency relief may be granted for custody exchanges during this “Stay at Home” order, and we are here to help you through that process.

For more information, or for questions or concerns regarding your own custody arrangement, please do not hesitate to contact your Family Law Team at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC at 610-696-8225.

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