Family law court in Texas is still moving forward despite COVID-19. As of June 29, 2020, Governor Abbott has continued the state of disaster in all 254 counties in Texas. While that does not mean that the courts are completely closed, there are restrictions, such as maintaining social distancing, using remote hearings, when possible, delays, and other changes. Delayed hearings for illness and required quarantines are happening fairly regularly, as well.
When it comes to family law issues, the coronavirus is presenting some very unique obstacles, hurdles, and challenges for the court, family law attorneys, and anyone who uses the family law system. However, it is important to keep in mind that everyone is facing similar challenges today.
The Law Offices of Lauren Cain remain open during this time. We are here for you, and we will continue to push family law cases forward.
If you have been considering divorce, rest assured that you can still file during this time. The decision to file for a divorce is a challenging one, and it should not be taken lightly. Divorcing during the pandemic can be uniquely difficult because of extended timelines and other related issues.
Because of the unavailability of some courts and lack of current hearing dates, it may be a good idea to work with your attorney to come up with a creative solution to settle and finalize the terms of the divorce. It is much easier for a judge to approve a settlement right now compared to a contested trial. If you cannot develop a settlement on your own, you may be facing much longer wait times to prepare your case and get a trial date.
When you file for divorce, the court will often enter temporary orders regarding child support, custody, visitation, and spousal maintenance. In general, if your temporary orders were already in place before COVID-19 struck, then they will likely remain the same. The length of time that they are in place may be extended simply because the court has been slow to hold trials and further hearings.
You may have to wait sometime after filing to get a temporary order in place right now. Some counties are more flexible than others so it may depend on where you need to file, as well.
The Law Office of Lauren Cain strongly encourages spouses to use mediation as a means to work through challenging issues in divorces, child custody, and other family law issues. Mediation is still being held throughout Texas, but it may look different than it has in the past. Remote negotiations are often useful, and some mediators are still working in person, as well.
Consultations, meetings, and even information gathering generally may look different today compared to just a few months ago. However, family law attorneys across the state are still working and willing to help you with your family law issues.
Contact the Law Offices of Lauren Cain for more information or to set up an appointment. (214) 326-4664