South Charleston, OH asked in Family Law for Ohio

Q: Will I be held in contempt for denying visitation due to COVID-19?

My ex lives in Kentucky and I live in Ohio. We have court ordered visitation but due to the pandemic and the stay at home order, I do not think my child should travel from Ohio to Kentucky for visitation especially when her stepmom is a nurse and is likely exposed to COVID-19 already.

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Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano

A: You can be held in contempt. The stay at home order and the pandemic restrictions DO NOT negate court ordered visitation. Travel related to custody exchanges is deemed essential travel and thus is allowed under the current public health changes.

I suggest trying to discuss your concerns with the other parent to see if you two can come to a temporary agreement for the child's safety.

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