Family Law Hearings During Covid19
Covid19 has caused major disruptions in the lives of people around the world. In the past several months most of us have been required to adapt to the reality of life in the age of Covid19. This article is intended to inform you how Covid19 impacted the family court in orange county and the rest of California. Additionally, if you have a pending case in the family court, we hope to give you some guidance on what you can do to resolve your family law dispute through a private family mediation.
California Stay Home Order
On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay home order to protect the health and safety of those in California during the Covid19 pandemic. As a result, state courts all around California closed their doors to all non-emergency matters. Most trials and hearings were rescheduled.
On March 28, 2020, Governor Newsom, through another order, gave the judicial council of California power to modify certain laws within the court system for the protection and health of Californians. Therefore, a lot has changed as to the rules of state courts in California.
Impact on Family Courts
To know the exact changes in the operations of the family courts within each county, you must visit the courts website for your specific county. However, in most counties, family law hearings are now conducted in a virtual manner. Most hearings were changed to status conferences. This has caused a large backlog of cases in family courts. Family law trials have, for the most part, been delayed. Depending on the nature and facts of your case the court may hear your case virtually or in person if physical presence is deemed necessary.
Emergency Family Law Cases
Despite the backlog, family courts are open to hear cases involving domestic violence or other forms of abuse or harassment. Additionally, time sensitive and emergency cases will be heard by the court. Yet, many divorce and custody cases that are not time sensitive or emergency have been rescheduled. To determine whether your case can be heard by the court, talk to a family law attorney in your area.
Family Law Private Mediation
If you have a family law case, going through the family court system is not the only option. Many people, to resolve their dispute, have turned to alternative dispute resolution. Mediation is one way you can resolve your divorce, custody, support, or other family law issues without having the judge decide the case. Mediation is effective even in complex and difficult cases. With a help of a mediator you can resolve your complex family law disputes faster, cheaper, and more effectively.
Despite the disruption caused by Covid19 and its impact on family courts, you can still work to resolve your family dispute privately with the assistance of lawyers and mediators. Thus, you do not have to wait for the family court. You can take charge and use other dispute resolution tools that have been proven more effective. In doing so, you can save money and time while working on truly resolving your legal dispute.