Everything is a moving target with COVID-19, quarantine and overworked courts changing the way family law is practiced in our courts. Unfortunately, many staffers in our courts were furloughed when the courts already had more than they could do.
In my opinion, sometimes judges are a bit hard on parents who would have stayed married if “getting along” were an option. But even so, the reality is that you must co-parent or parallel parent if you possibly can. Courts will assume both parents can confer and reach agreements. Courts will assume meaningful, unsupervised time with both parents is going to happen absent “endangerment” such as child abuse or neglect or “significant emotional impairment” harming the child’s mental health long term. We already published a blog about video hearings and those rules still apply. But there are new updates parents MUST know before proceeding to family law court. Continue reading “October 2020 Domestic Court Update: 9 New Pointers for Parents”
By Beth Andersen
With COVID-19 restrictions, many courts are holding hearings by video. As if the prospect of a court hearing is not daunting enough, now you have to make sure you have good Wi-Fi, a decent laptop or phone with camera, and skill with the video software.
Rest assured, once you are in “game mode,” your jitters will fade and you will be ready for action. As many are learning, a video connection can be almost as good as real life. You can discern facial expressions and make an up close and personal connection with the judge when you speak. Phone simply does not offer these advantages.
As with other videoconferencing, the judge will be on camera as will the other party and witnesses. You will present your case in the same order as if it were live. Watch our video and read the post on how to do your own hearing to help prepare. All the same rules apply, including rules of evidence.
Here are our tips for excelling in this new court venue. We are only sharing pointers UNIQUE TO VIDEO here, so look at our HOW TO DO YOUR OWN HEARING blog and video for general court information: Continue reading “14 Tips for Your Video Court Hearing”
Guest post by Monica Sutherland, Family Tree
For some of us, being outside is the most dangerous place to be; but for thousands of people worldwide, the most dangerous place to be is in their very own home. While governments are managing stay-at-home orders, many people who have been experiencing domestic violence have been unable to leave their abusers. Continue reading “Stay-At-Home Orders Increase Risk for Domestic Violence Survivors”
By Beth Andersen
Now that Coloradans have moved from Shelter-at-Home order to Safer-at-Home, Colorado courts are rolling out increased in-person operations, beginning this month. Andersen Law PC is closely following the court’s protocols and updating our own as new government safety guidelines are issued. Our staff is keeping everything sanitary and safe by practicing safe distancing, using masks and gloves, operating the office at half-staff levels at all times, and wiping down and sanitizing all surfaces. Continue reading “Colorado Courts Reopen in May 2020”
Guest post by Brian Buffini, shared by Myra Purkey
Your attitude is your key to success. Maintaining a positive attitude while you and millions of people across the world are in voluntary or enforced isolation is not easy! The potential for stress, loneliness and fear is high while the motivation to challenge those feelings is low.
Since we don’t know what will happen, it’s imperative that we fight to stay present. Instead of zoning out on social media, TV or other vices, let’s tune in and watch our intake, our associations and our affirmations. Continue reading “Attitude is Everything: How to Stay Positive During COVID-19”
By Beth Andersen
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that affects everyone. Courts are addressing urgencies, often from home and with skeleton staff. Absent an actual emergency or endangerment, both parents must co-parent cooperatively without court help, because the court may not be available.
I understand this is not so easy. If you need immediate help or advice on any legal issue related to co-parenting (during COVID-19 quarantine or otherwise), call or text my cell phone at 303-808-4794 and I will call you back as soon as I can for a free consult and get you in the right direction.
Meanwhile, here is guidance for several common issues related to co-parenting during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Continue reading “Co-Parenting During COVID-19 Quarantine”