Serving You During the Health CrisisMargaux C. Soeffker, LLC is open for business and accepting new clients. To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering services via telephone or through video conferencing.
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Resources/NewsOne issue of utmost importance, and which is causing concern and disruption during the COVID-19 epidemic, is parenting time exchanges and related custody issues.
If you have questions about the Governor’s Order, or any other custody, parenting time, divorce, or related issues during the pandemic, please contact Margaux C. Soeffker, LLC. We are closely monitoring the recommendations of health officials and implications for family law. The firm is open for business and has the capacity to accommodate a wide range of legal services:
- Legal services are deemed “essential” under the Executive Order issued by Governor Walz.
- Margaux C. Soeffker, LLC is able to support clients through telephone, email, and video-conference.
- Documents are filed with the Court electronically through “e-filing” and “e-service.”
- Margaux is experienced representing clients in Zoom mediation sessions.
- Soon we will have a virtual notary. 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 specific to COVID-19 and navigating family law issues.
- Both Principal Attorney, Margaux Soeffker, and Sr. Paralegal, Lisa Olson, are practicing social distancing and 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 during this unprecedented time.
Governor Tim Walz let the “Stay-at-Home” Order lapse on May 18th 2020 and it has been replaced with a “Stay Safe Minnesota” Order. Chief Justice Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court subsequently issued an Order as well.
Emergency Executive Order 20-50
MN GOVERNOR ISSUES AN EXECUTIVE ORDER SUSPENDING GARNISHMENTS IN MN – Similar emergency orders restricting garnishment in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio have also been issued.
Frequently Asked Questions about what the “Stay Safe” Order is or is not restricting:
Star Tribune: What you need to know about the new 'stay safe Minnesota' order
MPR News: What you need to know about Minnesota's 'stay safe' order
Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea issues a new statewide order on May 1, 2020 impacting court proceedings:
Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea has issued another order that extends the limited physical access to courthouses until May 18, 2020, in order to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19. Remote, or virtual, technology may be used to conduct hearings in pending cases when possible. The order also suspends all jury trials, authorizing them to only begin June 1, 2020, at the earliest. 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 full details see the order.
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.
- Executive Order 20-20 Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home (3/25) (PDF).
- Excerpt: The language regarding “essential” legal services in EO 20-20.
- Clarifications regarding critical personnel/activities exemptions from EO 20-20 are being posted at this MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) page.
- Executive Order 20-33: Extending stay at home order and temporary closure of bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation (4/9) (PDF).
- Excerpt: The modified language regarding "essential" legal services in EO 20-33.
- 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 Department of Revenue COVID-19 homepage (including any information on tax deadline updates).
- MSBA Tax Section Council Alert: Tax filing season impacted by COVID-19 (updated 3/23).
- 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.