We are collectively living through an unprecedented experience. The COVID 19 pandemic has had an enormous toll of tragedy and suffering, has quickly resulted in mass unemployment and has also forced most people into strict social isolation with a stay at home orders. Despite this, real life is still happening, like a relationship, family, and parenting dynamics that people want to address.
If you are considering a divorce, trying to resolve the custody of your child, or want to explore issues of alimony or child support, you should speak with a lawyer. While this may not feel like an ideal time to be addressing these issues, it may help you attain some peace of mind to explore your legal options.
Access to Courts is Currently Limited
In conjunction with a stay at home orders, access to local government is currently limited. Washoe county is operating under reduced operations, this includes the Second Judicial District Court.
In essence, courts are physically closed to public access, but are accepting filings and can be reached by email or phone. Court hearings have overwhelmingly been rescheduled and limited hearings can be conducted by video or phone. But for the most part, courts are only hearing “essential cases”. This includes criminal cases where a defendant is incarcerated, commitment cases, guardianships, child abuse preliminary hearings, juvenile court cases, and probate administrator appointments.
In the context of family law cases, courts are generally only hearing emergency temporary orders, like ex parte custody requests, temporary restraining orders, and protective orders. If you need emergency relief, an attorney can still help you access the courts for relief.
An Attorney Can Help You Make a Plan
Despite the limited access of the courts, you should still contact an attorney to explore your options and to make a plan. There are many preliminary matters that you and an attorney can address now. This includes initial information gathering, virtual mediations and settlement negotiations, obtaining temporary orders, preparing pleadings, and filing pleadings.
Contact the Family Lawyers at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.
If you need help with a family law matter, contact us today. The lawyers at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P., are available to provide you advice and to help you create a plan. While courts are only considering emergency matters, there are steps that you can take right now that will help you move forward. Contact Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 210-8178 to schedule a case consultation or contact our office through our website.