The Chief Justice of our State Supreme Court has issued an order cancelling all family court hearings through the end of April 2020, with certain exceptions for emergency matters including, but not limited to: DSS Emergency Protective Custody, Juvenile Detentions, Bench Warrants, and Emergency Petitions for Orders of Protection from Domestic Abuse. The Chief Justice reserves the right to shorten, lengthen or modify his order as conditions warrant and we will continue to update this page to reflect any changes.
Despite the temporary stay of court proceedings in family court, I want to assure you that our office is open for business. In addition, your ability to communication with our office shall remain unaffected by the suspension of family court hearings and the current social distancing recommendations and requirements.
We are available by phone and e-mail as always. However, to ensure maximum safety of your health, as well as ours, we are currently suspending in-person meetings. In lieu thereof, we have established a video conferencing capability on-line through Zoom. We implemented video conferencing last week on a trial basis and have found it to be highly effective. No special equipment is required for video conferencing. To request a video conference, please e-mail or call the office to set one up.
For general updates on access to the family court and/or any changes with regard to our office operating procedures, please follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/phippsfamilylaw/ or check back here on our website.
We look forward to continuing to serve your family court needs.
Please stay safe and healthy.