Jhanice Domingo Quoted In NJ 101.5 Article, “NJ Lawyers Take On COVID-19 Vs. Child Custody Arrangements”April 17, 2020
By Dino Flammia
Due to issues that have risen out of the pandemic, Jhanice Domingo, a family law attorney with Denville-based Einhorn Barbarito, has begun adding language about emergency situations to documentation related to custody and parenting time.
The office is holding virtual mediation sessions to help resolve parenting issues remotely.
“We’ve been drafting modifications to existing custody parenting time agreements so that they allow for agreed-upon suspension of in-person visits, increase in daily communication by phone, virtual visits through Skype, FaceTime or Zoom, and having parameters for both parents — how to transport children from one parent to another,” Domingo said.
The current crisis, Domingo said, has led to judges asking very specific questions to parents should a matter need to be heard in court — for example, has either parent been exposed to someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19, or has either parent recently traveled, and if so, have they self-quarantined?
“I think the core inquiry is always going to be, as it has always been, what is in the child’s best interest?” Domingo said. “I would not be surprised at all, though, for courts to err on the side of caution because there are so many unknowns related to the coronavirus.”