Although the courts have severely limited their role to matters that are either urgent or not contested, and many lawyers are unfortunately unavailable or working limited hours, the need for families to have well-crafted custody agreements has not diminished. We are well suited to continue to serve you and respect the physical distancing that is needed to flatten the curve; instructions can be given through our secure messaging function and documents can easily be provided through our online portal, meetings can occur over the phone or through video conferencing, and in person signing can occur in our meeting room which easily allows for the recommended 2- meter distance.
For parties who already have an agreement or court order in place, they may be concerned that their current care and control schedule does not allow for proper physical distancing (such as a 2-2-3 schedule or multiple visits per week), we can assist them in coming to a temporary solution with an Interim COVID-19 Parenting Agreements which would temporarily override an existing agreement or court order. These agreements will help both parents better understand the basis for any change, give certainty and minimize the inevitable conflict and erosion of trust that comes from what is perceived to be a unilateral decision on the part of one parent with no recourse or options for the other.
For parties who do not already have a parenting arrangement in place, we are now offering mediation services where the parties are cooperative and want to reach an effective and cost-efficient agreement with, or without, the involvement of another lawyer. For parties who require some advocacy to bridge the gap, we can continue to assist negotiating a settlement with the other lawyer through virtual 4-way meetings. For those parties for whom court may be the only solution, we can continue to compile and prepare the necessary documentation to ensure your file is ready to proceed the moment the court’s doors reopen. For more information on child custody matters refer to our blog page.
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