Q: My mother has court ordered visits of one of my daughters, with the rise of Covid again, I'm not comfortable with it
They have 2 grown children who also live in MA and visit them almost daily, but my mother lives in RI. They aren't cautious, but I don't want to be held in contempt. I've offered video calls and outdoor visits, they won't budge. How do I keep my foot down?
A: I don’t know that you can. If the court order was entered after the start of the pandemic, you most likely need to allow visits. If it was entered previous to the pandemic, I would suggest requesting masks (as well as your other requests) be worn in writing. If they refuse, I would document the refusal and go see a lawyer. You will most likely need to allow visits but can ask a judge to order health and safety precautions be taken during the visits. You don’t want to be seen as trying to use the pandemic as an excuse to refuse visits. This is especially true since you’re allowing other family members to visit. Good luck!
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