Open for businessMargaux C. Soeffker, LLC has remained open throughout the COVID-19 Health Crisis and has adapted to the various changes that has entailed. To protect your health and safety concerns in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering services via telephone or through video conferencing.
Please email or call our office to discuss your options.
Everyone is feeling pandemic burnout. In family law we are seeing the effects of COVID-19 with job losses, child support changes, parenting time concerns, differing viewpoints on distance learning, travel, vaccinations and related custody issues.
If you have questions about how current restrictions impact your situation, or any other custody, parenting time, divorce, or related issues, please contact Margaux C. Soeffker, LLC. We are closely monitoring the implications for family law. The firm is open for business and has the capacity to accommodate a wide range of legal services:
- Margaux C. Soeffker, LLC is able to support clients through telephone, email, in person, and/or video-conference. Everyone at our office is fully vaccinated.
- Documents are filed with the Court electronically through “e-filing” and “e-service.”
- Margaux is experienced representing clients in Zoom proceedings.
- The office provides virtual document sharing.
- As always, online payment options are offered via credit card and e-check through Law Pay®.
- To stay informed, Margaux is part of several family law professional networks focused on sharing resources and navigating family law issues.
- Both Principal Attorney, Margaux Soeffker, and Sr. Paralegal, Lisa Olson, are doing their best to stay healthy and productive. Margaux C. Soeffker Law is dedicated to addressing ongoing family law matters that arise for current and prospective clients.
We will continue to offer virtual options and legal support with multifaceted communication platforms.
State vaccination data as of 5/29/2021
June 1, 2021: “What you need to know about Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions” – The latest updates on Gov. Tim Walz’s coronavirus restrictions, from mask mandates to caps on gatherings.
When was the mask mandate lifted?
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidance on masks for fully vaccinated people May 13, Walz signed an executive order the next day to lift Minnesota's statewide mask mandate. For more info: Minneapolis ends COVID-19 mask mandate.
May 25, 2021: State Courts Ramp up In-Person Court Proceedings.
Stores with updated Mask Rules: news from AARP and USA Today.
Minnesota’s COVID restrictions to end May 28th.
Executive Orders from Gov. Walz
MN State Courts limit in-person Activity in Court Facilities due to Covid-19 Spike. The response to Covid-19 has impacted access to courthouses and may change the way cases are handled. Information can be found on the MN Judicial Branch website:
MN Department of Education Safe Learning Plan updates
The State Court Administrator, Jeff Shorba, has also launched a new webpage to assist Minnesotans who must participate in remote hearings, and to provide information to members of the public who wish to access a remote hearing.
Since the initial in-person restrictions were imposed, the Minnesota Judicial Council, State Court Administration, and judicial district and court administration leaders have been working with the Minnesota Department of Health, local health officials and justice partners to develop appropriate plans that will allow for an eventual safe reopening of courthouses.
“It is our top priority to ensure that when more in-person courthouse activities resume, we are doing so in a safe and efficient manner,” said Chief Justice Gildea. “Minnesotans have a constitutional right to access justice through state courts and we are committed to making sure that that access does not involve unnecessary risk for anyone involved.”
For the most up-to-date resources and information regarding COVID-19 in Minnesota, please visit: https://mn.gov/covid19/
With COVID-19 impacting so many areas of our lives, it’s not surprising that divorced and separated families are also feeling the strain. I appreciate this perspective from The Atlantic and Deborah Copaken.
Official public health information
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 homepage.
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 homepage.
- Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (University of Minnesota) COVID-19 homepage.
Coronavirus-related tracker pages
- Star Tribune’s Minnesota coronavirus tracking map, based on MDH data.
- The Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracking page is considered by many experts to be the gold standard in parsing global COVID-19 data.
- New York Times U.S. coronavirus tracking map.
- Microsoft coronavirus-tracking map.
- Google COVID-19 tracking map.
- Unacast’s “Social Distancing Scoreboard” uses cell phone data to track how well the people in particular areas around the United States are conforming to social distancing guidelines.
- The “U.S. Health Weather Map” tracks data on fever collected by 162,000 smart thermometers manufactured by a company called Kinsa. It doesn't track COVID-19 per se. See the page for further explanation.
- The data company Safegraph has posted a geographically sortable shelter-in-place monitoring page.
- Minnesota Judicial Branch Emergency/COVID-19 page. (Please note: This page includes county-specific district court information.)
- Key orders: Minnesota State Courts Remain Open with Certain Precautions (3/13); Late Penalties, Collections Referrals, and Drivers’ License Suspensions Temporarily Stopped to Reduce Courthouse Visits (3/17); Continuing Operations of the Courts of the State of Minnesota Under a Statewide Peacetime Declaration of Emergency (3/20); Administrative Order: Continuing Operations of the Courts of the State of Minnesota Under a Statewide Peacetime Declaration of Emergency (3/23); COVID-19: Update March 26, 2020 (amending certain provisions of 3/20 order in light of Gov. Walz's EO 20-20). Administrative Order: Continuing operations of the Minnesota Judicial Branch under Emergency Executive Order 20-33 (4/9); Virtual hearings to continue as state courts extend in-person restrictions. MN Courts (5/1); Order Governing the Operations of the Minnesota Judicial Branch under Emergency Executive Order Nos. 20-53, 20-56 (5/15).
- Remote hearing resources: This MN Courts page details how litigants, attorneys, and others required to participate in a remote hearing can download the appropriate software and prepare to participate in remote court proceedings (5/4).
- 2nd Judicial District (Ramsey County) emergency orders.
- The 2nd Judicial District has posted its plan for catching up on the backlog of juvenile and family cases exacerbated by the pandemic.
- 4th Judicial District (Hennepin County) COVID-19/emergency orders.
- Other districts/counties: Find your state district court homepage here at the MN Judicial Branch website.
- Minnesota Judicial Branch online help topics index.
- The offices of the Board of Law Examiners (BLE), Board of Continuing Legal Education (CLE), Board of Legal Certification (BLC), and Office of Lawyer Registration (LRO) are closed to the public but remain fully staffed. CLE and LRO now accept American Express for payment through U.S. Bank. Any updates to the status of each Board will be posted to the news pages. (3/24) Current updates: CLE; BLE; BLC; LRO.
- Executive orders from Gov. Tim Walz.
- EO 20-38: Allowing for safe outdoor recreation (4/17). (PDF)
- EO 20-56: Safely Reopening Minnesota’s Economy and Ensuring Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency (5/14). (PDF)
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 homepage
- State of Minnesota testing facilities directory page: 'If you are sick...' (created 4/24).
- Minnesota Attorney General’s Office homepage (includes COVID-19-related updates on consumer law and AG Office operations).
- Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry: Worker protections related to COVID-19.
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED):
- COVID-19 and unemployment benefits.
- A guide for Minnesota small businesses who need help.
- Minnesota Management and Budget Office: COVID-19 info for state employees.