How Sullivan Law & Associates Is Handling the COVID Pandemic
At Sullivan Law & Associates, we remain committed to serving our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic through any means necessary. Using video conferencing, phone, and email, we remain available to current and new clients.
To contact our firm, fill out our contact form online or give us a call at (949) 565-2793.
Our firm currently uses the following video conferencing methods to provide clients with consultations and casework:
- Microsoft Teams—currently our preferred method!
- Go-To Meeting
- Google Hangouts
During the COVID pandemic, our full staff remains working remotely. We can fully and effectively communicate with clients, opposing counsel, experts, mediators, and file documents with the Court. We are doing everything within our control to move our client's cases forward.
We understand that you may have questions about how to approach the COVID-19 pandemic or how the coronavirus may affect your legal dispute. To help you understand how courts are proceeding with cases at this time and what kinds of cases are most likely to be affected, please refer to the FAQ section below.
COVID-19 FAQ—Court Opening Dates, Modification Orders, Child Custody Issues, and More
When Are Orange County Courts Opening Due To COVID-19?
Currently, the Orange County Superior Court plans to reopen to the public on May 22nd, 2020. However, the date may change as the COVID pandemic continues to escalate, and county and state officials continue to modify stay-at-home orders. We recommend consistently checking your court's website to check on their opening date and COVID-19-related policies.
- You can find the Orange County Superior Court website here.
How Are Courts Handling the COVID-19 Pandemic?
In California, courts dictate their response to the pandemic on a county-by-county basis. Generally, here's what you can expect from courts during this time:
- Courts will carry out hearings over video. Instead of having individuals report to the courthouse and risk exposure to the coronavirus, many courts are offering to hear cases using video conferencing software like Zoom. The Orange County Superior Court is presently using the Microsoft Teams Conference Software, which is why it is currently our preferred method for video consultations and casework.
- Courts have a backlog of cases. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most courts are processing cases at a much slower rate. If you have a hearing, it may take some time to appear in front of the Court. If you retain our services, we will work to get your case moving forward as quickly as possible.
Can I Get a Case Resolved Without the Court?
With the courts shut down, your usual method of being heard has temporarily been paused. However, you do have other options to achieve a means to your end. Options like mediation, private judging, or settling your case can help you circumvent the paused court system and resolve your legal dispute. It always helps to have an attorney navigate these waters with you.
I Can No Longer Pay for My Child Support Due to the Pandemic. What Do I Do?
You can request a modification if you can no longer afford what the court has ordered you to pay. Click here to read our blog on how you can request an order modification during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Does COVID-19 Impact Child Custody Arrangements?
Many parents are struggling with the impact of the COVID pandemic on their child custody arrangements. It is important to note that the COVID-19 pandemic does not affect the legality of your child custody arrangement. Your custody contract is still legally binding, and you must comply with it or risk legal consequences. If you are having any difficulty enforcing this, we would be happy to assist you.
I Am at Risk for Domestic Violence—What Should I Do?
The Orange County Superior Court is still processing e-filing transactions for both temporary restraining orders and emergency child custody orders, which we can assist you with.
If you need a temporary restraining order, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (949) 476-4800 to receive assistance or call us. Additionally, the Orange County Superior Court issued an order stating temporary restraining orders set to expire during the COVID-19 pandemic are extended by 90 days.
To learn more about best practices concerning domestic violence, visit our domestic violence blog page or visit our domestic violence page.
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Contact us online or via phone at (949) 565-2793 to learn more about how we can help you navigate legal disputes during the COVID-19 pandemic.