COVID – 19 MESSAGE FROM Soroka & Associates, LLC

As you already know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating challenges for all of us. We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy and taking all the necessary precautions during this challenging time. At Soroka & Associates, LLC, we are committed to our employees, associates, clients, and perspective clients. We always strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment to everyone at our office.

Our office has remained open during our regular business hours Monday through Friday and by appointment during the weekends. We have taken additional measures to assure the safety everyone that enters our office. Our staff and cleaning personnel have increased the frequency and scope of cleanings and disinfecting at our office in accordance with the CDC recommendations to assure the safety of anyone that enters our office.

As an extra step to our commitment to safety, we have also adapted to the changing environment, and now offer virtual consultations via Zoom, Facetime, and Skype during our business hours. As always, phone consultations are available by appointment, at all hours, any day of the week.

Divorce & Child Custody: What Are Your Legal Rights During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak?

| Apr 6, 2020 | Child Custody, Divorce |

The impact of the Coronavirus in the United States has been swift and severe.

It has quickly affected the way we live, the way we interact, the way we shop and it has even impacted our court system – so much so that if you have a family law issue you may have some concerns.

Attorneys at Soroka & Associates, LLC, are powerful advocates with the skills and experience to protect your rights and help you reach your legal goals in this difficult period.

These are certainly troubled times and we want to be there for you to help you take the actions necessary to protect yourself, your kids and your assets. We strive to be compassionate counselors and work hard to achieve long-term workable solutions that move you forward.

Right now, with the current panic over the Coronavirus, many clients are wondering how they should respond.

They are asking questions like:

    • How can COVID-19 impact custody exchanges and parenting time?
    • Can my spouse take my kids on vacation during the Coronavirus Pandemic?
    • Can my spouse take my kids near other people during the Coronavirus Outbreak?
    • My spouse isn’t following the stay at home order; can I do something about it?
    • Is my divorce court date going to happen as scheduled during the Coronavirus Pandemic?
    • What happens after the stay at home order is lifted?
    • What can I do to prepare and support my case during the outbreak?

    How do I get a divorce during the Coronavirus Outbreak?These are all very valid concerns in this unprecedented time. This is a time when even visits with extended family, such as grandparents and aunts and uncles, can put kids at risk.

    The Coronavirus Outbreak has also led to delays in divorce and other court proceedings and many courts have even closed. You may be worried about how long your divorce is going to take and what you can expect as the pandemic moves forward.

    We are here to help guide you through this uncertain period.

    We understand that even though many of us are staying home, life doesn’t stop. There are concerns that must be dealt with and the welfare of children must be protected.

    Our attorneys will address your legal issues and help you avoid the stress that can come with uncertainty about your divorce or your children or other important legal matters.

    We created this guide to help you more easily get the answers you need to the Coronavirus Outbreak and its effects on divorce and child custody cases. You are going to learn what steps you can take to protect your family and your assets and if you should continue moving your divorce forward.

    WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

    Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a newly identified type of virus that has caused a RUS?recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses. Coronavirus was first discovered in December of 2019 in Wuhan, China.

    WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?

    People with Coronavirus may experience; tiredness, a dry cough, fever and difficulty breathing (severe cases).

    WHO IS AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS?

    Anyone can catch Coronavirus but elderly individuals who struggled with previous health issues like hypertension are particularly at risk.

    HOW DOES CORONAVIRUS COMPARE TO THE FLU?

    The CDC estimates that 38 million Americans got the flu this season, which led to over 23,000 deaths. In comparison, the Coronavirus has produced 215,395 cases so far with 5,113 deaths. Those numbers are expected to continue rising.

    In fact, Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US just recently said as much. When asked about the Coronavirus pandemic, he said flatly: “it’s going to get worse.”

    Most experts believe it is going to get a lot worse before it begins to get better.

    That means the court system could be impacted even more than it has already been. There could be more closings, more delays, more uncertainty.

    Soroka & Associates, LLC, is here to help!

    Coronavirus Child Custody & Divorce Tips

    So without further ado, let’s dive into our prescription for those seeking a divorce during this challenging period of time.

    Utilize the following tips to prevent unpleasant surprises and keep your divorce moving forward – and your children protected – during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

    Tip #1 – Talk to a lawyer about your current parenting plan and parenting rights

    If you have a custody order, you should, if at all possible, continue to follow it. Please keep in mind that failing to follow the order and withholding custody could lead to negative consequences in the future.

    If you decide you can’t follow the order due to the Coronavirus, you should take diligent notes. Write down exactly what happened and why and then be sure to keep those notes in a secure location that you can easily access. You should also strongly consider offering make-up time for the time that was withheld.

    If you do not have a custody order, you should talk to a lawyer about your parenting rights. For instance, in the state of Ohio, un-wed fathers, who have not yet petitioned the Court, have no parenting rights. Hence, a legal action would need to be taken to create a plan. You can contact us to learn more.

    Tip #2 – Talk to your ex about the best interests of your kids

    Depending on how acrimonious the split, it may be difficult to try to talk to a former partner but remember this if for the sake of the kids.

    In difficult times like this we need to set aside disagreements and work together to keep family safe.

    If at all possible, talk to your ex and try to come to an agreement on what the kids will and won’t be allowed to do.

    In most areas of the country right now, it is recommended that kids stay home. They shouldn’t be outside playing with other kids. They shouldn’t be visiting family members. They should remain in the safety of their homes.

    If you and your ex are not able to come to an agreement, our attorneys are highly skilled and experienced in divorce dispute resolution and may be able to help you come to an agreement with your ex spouse or partner.

    Tip #3 – Talk to a lawyer about putting protections in place for your kids

    If you are seriously concerned about the welfare of your children don’t just ignore your worries. Contact us to see what types of legal protections can be put in place to help ensure the safety of your children.

    For instance, we could help you get a restraining order or petition the court to make changes in custody or visitation agreements to help keep your kids safe.

    This is a dangerous time and it may require serious action to keep kids safe and healthy.

    Tip #4 – Talk to a lawyer about protecting your assets in case of a divorce

    The Coronavirus Pandemic that is sweeping across the country (and the globe) isn’t just affecting people’s health; it is also causing a tremendous loss of wealth.

    Concerns about the Coronavirus have sent the markets – and people’s 401K’s spiraling downward, for instance.

    As an example, reports indicate that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos lost $7 billion in one night. Elon Musk lost $4 billion. Regular investors have lost thousands.

    Plus, businesses, like restaurants and bars, are being told to close. Many people have lost their jobs and are busy worrying about how they are going to pay their monthly bills.

    The Coronavirus Outbreak may be affecting your assets and you may need to talk to an attorney to decide how to best protect the value of those assets during the pandemic. An asset protection strategy is something that needs to put into place without delay.

    For instance, you could be concerned about retirement assets, savings accounts, real estate, stock portfolios, and more. Talking to a lawyer could help you decide whether to proceed with a divorce or take other steps to help protect the value of these important assets.

    The Bottom Line …

    Whether you are looking for a simple uncontested divorce or are facing complex issues including the division of assets and liabilities, child custody and support or the division of business interests, the support and advice of a highly skilled attorney can make things much easier.

    Many married couples have complex financial assets to untangle, including real property, business investments, retirement assets, and other joint assets. Debts may also need to be untangled and divided accordingly.

    Perhaps the most complex of all situations is when the couple that is facing divorce or separation has children. In these cases, it is necessary to establish custody, visitation agreements, school placement, and child support payments.

    Now add on top of all these complex issues the Coronavirus Outbreak which is causing court delays, loss of wealth and serious health concerns, and the need for an experienced divorce attorney becomes exponentially higher.

    At Soroka & Associates, LLC, we can help you navigate the complexities of divorce law during this unprecedented time in American history. We will:

    ● Work closely with you to ensure your needs are met and your
    concerns addressed

    ● Rely on our extensive experience in the areas of divorce law and child custody to help you get the best outcome

    ● Diligently strive to protect your rights

    The Next Step …

    The key to weathering any storm is to first get informed so that you can take the best action moving forward.

    Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and to learn much more about how we can help you with your divorce and child custody issues.

    The goal in any divorce proceeding is to dissolve the marriage while placing the least amount of financial and emotional stress on all the parties involved.

    An experienced divorce lawyer can help this happen smoothly and with a minimal amount of disagreements and lingering bitterness.

    We can also help you mediate disputed items and will keep you fully informed and aware of your legal rights throughout the entire divorce proceeding.

    Right now, the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on the way things are getting done – including divorces and child custody agreements.

    Don’t risk making mistakes or enduring unnecessary, costly delays – talk to an attorney at Soroka & Associates, LLC, by calling 614-358-6525 or e-mailing us at [email protected].

    Don’t worry, appointments can be completed by phone or video call – face to face interaction is not necessary. We offer same day, weekend, and evening appointments, in person or via phone, Skype, Zoom and Facetime.

    Get the legal advice you need to take the right next steps!