04/17/20 UPDATES ON RESTRICTED ACCESS TO VERMONT COURTS

As many of you may have learned already this week, the Supreme Court of Vermont issued an update this week to their COVID-19 restrictions on access to the courts.  Unfortunately but necessarily, we are now looking at cancellation of just about all court hearings until at least May 31, 2020.  There are very limited exceptions to those restrictions that are still on the court calendars, most notably for families:

  • petitions for relief from abuse and
  • very limited juvenile court hearings

To read the Administrative Orders and Amendments to Orders, you can click on this link:

https://www.vermontjudiciary.org/news/information-regarding-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-and-court-operations

Of course, this doesn’t mean that families aren’t running into problems that could use some legal intervention.  The media have highlighted several areas of real distress for parents, especially around parent child contact where children move regularly between households.  Just this week, Vtdigger reviewed the current status in Vermont.  In case you missed it, you can find the article at

Most importantly, parents have to be able to talk to each other about their concerns and to work together to ensure their children’s safety.  And that isn’t always easy at the best of times, which these times are not.  So, if you need help working things out, please remember that we are available for consultations on these issues and mediation if either will help your family get through the next weeks and months.

Be safe.  Be Well.