COVID-19 Court Updates

PARENTING TIME ISSUES DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

DO NOT REQUIRE MODIFICATION OF YOUR PARENTING PLAN TO REQUEST A TEMPORARY ORDER

WHERE POSSIBLE, THE COURT ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO RELY ON THEIR PARENTING PLAN AND ADVISES:

  • AVOID SELF-HELP
  • THE PANDEMIC IS NOT A REASON TO DENY PARENTING TIME
  • THE CLOSURE OF SCHOOL DUE TO COVID-19 IS NOT AN EXTENSION OF ANY BREAK/HOLIDAY/VACATION PERIOD/WEEKEND
  • PARENTING TIME SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19 WARRANTS MAKE-UP TIME

IF YOU CAN’T REACH AN AGREEMENT, REQUEST A HEARING

DON’T FIND YOURSELF IN CONTEMPT OF COURT FOR VIOLATING YOUR PARENTING PLAN – SANCTIONS MAY BE IMPOSED!

PRESUMPTIVE LENGTH OF HEARINGS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
30 MINUTES: MOTIONS TO ENFORCE PARENTING TIME OR LEGAL
DECISION-MAKING; CHILD SUPPORT; RESOLUTION MANAGEMENT
CONFERENCES
60 MINUTES: INITIAL HEARINGS FOR PARENTING TIME AND LEGAL
DECISION-MAKING WHEN NO ORDER IS IN PLACE; MOTIONS FOR
EXCLUSIVE USE OF MARITAL HOME; CHILD SUPPORT ESTABLISHMENT

90 MINUTES: MULTIPLE ISSUES WHICH ALSO INCLUDE LEGAL DECISION-
MAKING AND PARENTING TIME WHEN NO ORDER IS IN PLACE; ISSUES

REQUIRING AN INTERPRETER
120 MINUTES: PETITIONS AND MOTIONS RELATED TO SCHOOL CHOICE FOR A MINOR CHILD

SCHOOL CHOICE FOR MINOR CHILD DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

PIMA COUNTY HAS EXPANDED TELEPHONIC, EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS TO INCLUDE PETITIONS/MOTIONS RELATING TO SCHOOL CHOICE

SO, IF MOM THINKS THE CLASS ROOM IS NOT SAFE, AND DAD THINKS THAT HOME SCHOOLING DOESN’T WORK, THE COURT WILL SCHEDULE A HEARING AND WEIGH IN

WITH SCHOOL SCHEDULED TO START SHORTLY, ANY PETITION OR MOTION SHOULD BE FILED IMMEDIATELY!

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