Before the pandemic of 2020, contested custody disputes over how decisions are to be made between divorcing parents could generally be segregated into two buckets: (1) the â€œmajor decisions, such as where to enroll a child in school, medical treatment, or whether or not to have a child treated by a therapist; and (2) the â€œroutine daily decisions a sacred collection of day-to-day decisions that a divorced parent could make on his or her own without needing to seek the consent of the other parent. After the Covid-19 outbreak, the once, seemingly defined bucket of â€œroutine daily decisions has become a gray area. New York courts faced with making a determination about custody must consider the â€œbest interests of the child. Making that determination after the pandemic presents a host of new challenges. What was once taken for granted taking your child to socialize with a friend, taking your child to school, or just grabbing a bite with your child has transformed into a mine field of complexities that might impact a custody proceeding. With that in mind, is there a way out, or a means to find solutions to mitigate these complexities in contested custody proceedings, or is expanded conflict over matters that were once considered â€œroutine simply going to be the norm following the pandemic? Our panelists look forward to sharing their views on these evolving topics.