As a parent, you would do everything to protect your little ones, but right now, the coronavirus pandemic is threatening that. This period is especially complicated for families in the midst of a child custody case or co-parents trying to coordinate precautionary measures.
We know that these are uncertain times, and we want to guide you in any way that we can. Our family attorneys are here to help you understand how the recent health crisis may impact your custody matters.
Can I Proceed with my Case?
Each state’s court system has its own response to emergency orders. As of this writing, North Dakota has moved to “low risk” on the coronavirus scale, meaning much of the state’s operations can return to normal with limitations. Along with that, the North Dakota Supreme Court’s most updated statement says “decisions related to divorce proceedings, contracts, the placement and protection of children and other vulnerable people” are important and may be continued.
In short, the courts will see family law cases and process them without unnecessary delay. However, they are strongly encouraging people to consider written submissions and electronic or telephone appearances while attorneys are personally present at hearings.
At Circling Eagle Law, we understand that you may still be concerned about the virus's risk. We are holding consultations by phone or video, allowing you to become a client from the safety and comfort of your home.
Can I Change My Child Custody Order?
If you are seeking to change your child custody order due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s best to consult with an attorney. Some parents may try to use the pandemic to deny parenting time, and if that is the case, all parties must continue to follow the original order.
However, we understand the real-life effects COVID-19 has had on families, leading to job loss, increased violence, and other issues. We are here to help you explore your options if your former spouse cannot safely parent.
Call the child custody attorneys at Circling Eagle Law today at (701) 401-7404.