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How Does The Governor's Stay Home Order Impact Child Custody Agreements/Orders

Updated: Mar 28


I've received numerous calls from individuals wanting to know if they can leave their home to drop off or pick up their child during the stay home time period as ordered by Governor Whitmer. Executive Order 2020-21 specifically states that "individuals may also travel as required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children pursuant to a custody agreement."


This means that you cannot deny the other party his/her court-ordered parenting time due to the Stay Home Order. Now, if you and the other parent agree that parenting time will be suspended during the stay home time period you can certainly do that, but if there is no such agreement between the two of you then all parties must abide by the terms of the custody agreement during the stay home time period.


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