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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.
 

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One 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:
  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.

County-by-County Look at How Minnesota Schools Could Reopen
 
64% of Parents Surveyed Want Kids in School This Fall

Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81

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.
https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/
https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/faq/
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

 Minnesota courts

Minnesota governor’s office and state agencies