Coronavirus And The Connecticut Family Courts

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has been quick to adopt some of the most dramatic steps in the nation to mitigate the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state. Schools, casinos, gyms and all “non-essential” businesses have been closed in an effort to mitigate the spread of this global pandemic.

The judicial branch has also taken measures to protect the public, judges, marshals, attorneys, and court personnel, in line with federal and state mandates.  For the time being, while the courts remain open, there are certain restrictions, such as the hearing of priority 1 matters and emergency matters only, limiting court house staff, and the closing of certain buildings. The state has asked “non-essential” personnel to stay home. For the public safety, there may not be full staffing in state offices and other places that keep the legal machinery running for some time to come.

We understand the disruption to life and to the timing of one’s legal dispute this global pandemic has caused. At a time when people are advised to practice “social distancing,” visitation arrangements may necessarily be altered. Even when parenting plans are agreed to and adhered to, the non-custodial parent has a very limited range of activities and venues available for helping to make the most of their access: no movies, no restaurants, no theme parks, no play dates, no birthday parties.  These changes can cause extra-stress during an already stressful time.

At this critical time, we all have to do our part to minimize our chances of catching and/or spreading COVID-19 to others. While our office remains operational, we are adhering to all safety protocal and mandates, including working remotely and limiting in-person interaction to the extent possible by utilizing technology to speak with and video conference with clients and others involved in a matter.  We are also able to hold consultations for prospective clients through these mediums.

Hirsch Legal, LLC is well-prepared and dedicated to continuing to provide legal services to our clients during this COVID-19 crisis.  This is an excellent time to explore alternative dispute resolution options, like mediation and arbitration, which can be handled via video conference as well.  This will ensure your matter procedes in a timely fashion regardless of how quickly the courts can return to being fully operational.  Our principal attorney, Carmina Hirsch, is well equipped to guide you through your matter despite the pandemic.

If you live in New Haven or in Fairfield County (Milford, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Danbury, Trumbull, Monroe), we can help you effectively address even the most difficult issues relative to your divorce or custody case by designing a strategy to serve your best intereses. Give us a call today!

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