Family Law Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Law Office of Stacy D. Heard, PLLC is virtual. We continue to serve our clients through Zoom meetings, conference calls, e-filing, and the use of electronic files. We are closely monitoring state, county, and court issued Emergency Orders. Additionally, we continue to participate in meetings and webinars with the Washington State Bar Association, American Bar Association Family Law Section and the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts. We also participate in weekly international family law meetings with the International Academy of Family Lawyers and are well-informed regarding rulings and advisory opinions in other jurisdictions.
Our focus remains on clients who need the assistance of an attorney in matters involving divorce, custody, post-decree matters, and international family law matters. During the COVID pandemic, clients may need assistance implementing or modifying Parenting Plans, especially if a parent is employed on the front lines as a first responder or healthcare provider. Additionally, clients are experiencing issues of compliance with child support and spousal maintenance obligations as a result of employment furloughs and layoffs.
The judiciary recommends that parents follow their parenting plans and other court orders. Specifically, advisory orders in Washington state and internationally provide that Parenting Plans must be followed despite a parent’s opinion that the other parent is not sufficiently protective of their children’s health. Holiday and vacation schedules must be followed according to the children’s school’s published schedule even when school is not in session.
New cases are filed electronically with the issuance of Automatic Financial Restraining Orders in King and Snohomish Counties.
We have excellent access to mediators and arbitrators for Zoom-facilitated meditations.
During this difficult time, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to assist you.