3 Ways The Pandemic Changed Family Law

January 13, 2022 The Law Offices of Teresa A. Beyers Family Law

Besides the increased need for family law services across the country during and after the pandemic, there have also been several changes and updates to the processes of the law in LA County to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

In the wake of a spike in divorces, so have new disputes between parents over their children attending virtual school, receiving COVID vaccinations, or parents struggling to pay alimony because of lost jobs. To resolve these issues, virtual hearings and divorce e-filings have become more standard, so that family law practices can keep up the pace, while also keeping clients safe.

Know that, despite these changing times, The Law Offices of Teresa A. Beyers will continue to stand by our clients to ensure the same laws of divorce are applied to your case today as before the pandemic.

More Remote Meetings & Hearings

LA County courts became so backlogged with family law cases during the pandemic that judges found remote hearings to be an option to keep up. Even though the county reopened courthouses to the public, our clients should still expect the possibility of a remote hearing, which is especially advantageous with the incentive of waived fees offered on LaCourtConnect.

In some ways, it is also more beneficial for us to remotely meet with our clients via Zoom or another platform multiple times to prepare for their cases because of the convenience factor for them not to travel to our office. It also adds another layer of protection against the spread of COVID.

More Innovative Legal Strategies

Regardless of whether your hearing is virtual or in person, you can count on our team of experienced attorneys to work tirelessly for you, showcase our knowledge of the law, and prove just how technologically savvy we are if needed.

Today’s strategies in a family law legal team need to involve:

  • The epitome of patience and understanding for all of the unique situations and variables in this extremely stressful time.
  • Adaptability to the rapidly changing personal needs of clients and creativity for the solutions to unpredictable family matters.

More Miscellaneous Courtroom Changes to Consider

Because of the pandemic, there are a few additional changes to the legal process in LA County to take note of:

  • It is encouraged to make an appointment with the LA County Clerk (or call), rather than walking in to fill out forms, such as a domestic violence restraining order.
  • Face coverings are required in all courthouses: This is regardless of your vaccination status. Exemptions include children under age 2 or those with mental or physical disabilities.
  • It is required to electronically file all family law case documents.

Why You Need an Attorney Who Is a Step Ahead of the Changes

Are there negative impacts from the pandemic resulting in changes to family law? Yes, but nothing has changed in how we successfully practice family law now and in the years to come. We are here and prepared for you no matter what. Contact us today so we can discuss your case in more detail.

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