As a result of the ongoing pandemic due to the corona virus, on Friday April 17th the Supreme Court of Missouri extended its order prohibiting in-person hearings in Missouri courts, now through May 15th, 2020. However, despite this limitation, most courts have adopted protocols to continue to move forward with their cases. In this blog we discuss the latest on how many local family court judges are treating existing orders requiring the exchange of custody of children in light of statewide and local stay-at-home orders, as well as how local courts continue assisting those in need of protection from domestic violence.
As mentioned in a previously blog, through the use of video conferencing platforms such as Webex and Zoom, family court judges are able to conference with attorneys to handle non-testimonial motions and to hold settlement conferences and pre-trial conferences normally used to discuss the issues of the parties, in an effort to facilitate resolution of issues prior to trial.
St. Charles County Family Court Addresses Custody Orders in Light of the Pandemic.