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COVID-19 Resources

Serving You During the Health Crisis

Margaux 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.

Please email or call our office to discuss your options.
 

Resources/News

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 and related custody issues. 
 
If you have questions about the Governor’s mandate(s), 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 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:
  1. Legal services are deemed “essential” under the Executive Order issued by Governor Walz.
  2. Margaux C. Soeffker, LLC is able to support clients through telephone, email, and video-conference.
  3. Documents are filed with the Court electronically through “e-filing” and “e-service.”
  4. Margaux is experienced representing clients in Zoom mediation sessions.
  5. Soon we will have a virtual notary. The office provides virtual document sharing.
  6. As always, online payment options are offered via credit card and e-check through Law Pay®.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
 
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:
https://www.mncourts.gov/Emergency.aspx
https://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/CIOMediaLibrary/COVID-19/112020.pdf

 
Here is the latest from Minnesota’s Governor Walz who outlines plan to relax certain indoor dining, entertainment and other restrictions, January 6th 2021

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

 Minnesota courts

Minnesota governor’s office and state agencies