In light of the current global COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court suspended many legal proceedings. Additionally, the district courts have issued further directives which may differ from one county or judicial district from another. However, as a basic matter, the courts are still holding hearings for the following family law related matters:
- Petitions for temporary civil protection orders and permanent protection order hearings;
- Petitions for temporary emergency risk protection orders and hearings on emergency risk protection orders;
- Shelter hearings in dependency and neglect cases or other juvenile proceedings;
- Petitions for appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator;
- Hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention; and
- Emergency mental health proceedings
In addition, many of the district courts continue to hold status conferences by telephone and in some judicial districts, judges are holding certain hearings by video conferencing and/or telephone. All of the metro Denver district courts are still accepting filings for new and on-going family law matters, including petitions for dissolution of marriage, motions for allocation of parental responsibilities, and motions to modify prior orders, and most importantly. Most importantly, the courts continue to hold hearings on temporary and permanent protection orders and motions to restrict parenting time, if a child is endangered. If you need legal help during these uncertain times, we are available to you. We at McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C. remain committed to helping you and your family navigate any family law matters you may be facing. We are available for video and telephone conferences and we are accepting new clients. Please let us know if you have questions or we can be of help to you.