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Divorced and separated couples learn to navigate the ups and downs of custody during covid-19

Julia Joy described her relationship with her ex-husband of six years as friendly. When the novel coronavirus forced the city of Boise, Idaho, to shut down, they agreed on no social interaction outside of the house and to wear their masks. But as the city has reopened, they couldn’t be further apart on how to raise the kids with a weekly visitation schedule.

“It presented a crack in the facade that we’re friends and super great co-parents or the poster children for divorce — any pressure cracked that really quickly,” said the mother of four.

Co-parents across the country have their work cut out for them. Even the most amicable relationship under constant duress, such as a national health crisis, can create friction. This is especially true for co-parents navigating complicated relationships with their exes. Trying to get in sync about a shared pandemic protocol, or not, as states reopen has left many families exhausted, frustrated and — most of all — anxious.

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