Covid-19 Affects Family Law
Video Transcribed: I’m the Tulsa Father’s Rights Lawyer and given to Supreme Court orders that have recently come out, this is a brief video on those two orders issued by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma.
The Supreme Court issued a second emergency order regarding COVID-19, and this applied to visitation schedules.
Specifically, the court stated that despite all of the changes in the schools, whether or not it’s extended or spring break is extended or summer vacation is to begin early. As far as the orders and visitation schedules are concerned, it doesn’t matter.
They will be applied as if it was the regular school schedule without any deviation. Meaning that spring break was a week long, it was preset and that is what spring break will be. Summer vacation was supposed to begin on X day, that’s the day that summer vacation will begin.
The court also touched on a few other matters including a modification of the agreements. The court came out and said that these agreements may be modified in writing with the approval of a judge and will only be enforceable however, if they are filed.
So if you can come to an agreement, if it’s okay with the judge, but in order to enforce the agreement, the agreement has to be filed. Courts are now trying to use more remote access for these kinds of modifications and the Supreme Court encouraged them to use electronic means to conduct these modification hearings.
The courts are still open. The first emergency order from the Supreme Court delayed everything out past April 16th and also provided that the judges be available to conduct emergency type matters, like emergency custody orders and protect for orders.
Thanks. That was a brief video on the two Supreme Court orders that have recently come out in response to COVID-19. I hope it was helpful. If you’ve got any questions, give me a call.