Covid-19 has drastically changed our daily lives. With the pressure of staying healthy, working from home and even becoming teachers overnight, our relationships are being put to the test. If you considered a dissolution of marriage or a separation from the parent of your children prior to Covid-19, perhaps the current conditions of stay-at-home orders and social distancing made you realize that taking that step might be the right choice for your family, but are courts even open?
Navigating a divorce or litigation of any parental issue is difficult without the added stress of fighting the spread of a virus. The Florida Supreme Court has given the lower courts the ability to remain open and operational so long as they are in compliance with the Court’s orders, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and stay-at-home orders. Now that Florida is under a statewide “safer-at home” order, the courts are quickly moving from face-to-face interactions to a digital space. Some rules have also been amended to facilitate legal proceedings, and the courts continue to hear emergencies. The procedures followed by the court might look different, but they are still open.
The courts are working hard to continue working even if it means working remotely and for parties to appear by phone or video. The judges have wide discretion as to how handle their docket, and we are quickly learning how each judge is handling a family law case in their virtual courtrooms.
As we continue to monitor the spread of Covid-19, and quickly learning how the spread of the virus affects the procedures of the courts, we are here to assist you with your family law case. The Law Office of Jennifer T Dane has always been here to help you through the difficulties of a divorce or any custody issues, even more so in the time of Covid-19. Stay Safe!