Divorce and Family Law in Unchartered Waters – the Coronavirus

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All of us are impacted by the Coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19. How does it impact your existing case if you are already one of our clients? If you are a prospective new client and want to proceed with your divorce or other family law issue, and get legal advice, or pursue mediation, can you still do that? The need for legal services continues despite Covid-19, and we are available to provide the legal services we have always been providing, including as litigators, settlement counsel, mediators, and Collaborative Law counsel. The Levitt Law Group, www.levittlawgroup.com remains open! What does that mean?

We are continuing to provide legal services regarding divorce and family-related issues to existing clients, taking on new cases, doing meditations, and working with other professionals that assist our clients. We are doing so remotely, to protect our staff and our clients. We are communicating telephonically, by email, and utilizing technology such as Zoom or Go to Meeting to do our work. We are able to “meet” and communicate with our clients, and do mediation, using all these tools. We are also keeping abreast of developments with the Courts.

There are sometimes minor glitches with working remotely (we provide you with instructions when you need them about using technology such as Zoom if you are unfamiliar with those platforms). We work through those with you and have found that clients and other professionals are understanding in collaborating to resolve any issues as they arise. Business is proceeding as usual as best it can under extraordinary circumstances.

This is a stressful time for families. Be aware that your stress and anxiety may increase in these unusual times, and put more strain on existing family conflicts. Kindness and understanding go a long way even if you are getting divorced or separated. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), two national family law organizations, are giving some general guidance for divorced and separated parents regarding their parenting plans under the threat of the Coronavirus Go to https://www.afccnet.org/ for more information. The Courts are also issuing various policies and procedures with respect to pending and new cases to ensure that cases can continue to move forward. For more information about the Probate and Family Court and how they are handling Coronavirus issues, go to https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19. There is a specific section for the Probate and Family Court.

Please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here for you if you need us.