Resolving Domestic Disputes in a Pandemic

Know your options in resolving domestic disputes during the statewide judicial emergency.

COVID-19 has disrupted countless areas of our lives and society, from courts acting in severely limited capacity to widespread business closures. This leaves many parts of our lives “paused” while our society struggles to mitigate the effects of coronavirus. The Supreme Court of Georgia has ordered a statewide judicial emergency which is currently scheduled to last until May 13, 2020. This order stays the progress of many civil matters, including domestic disputes such as divorces. Unfortunately, this means the parties with divorce or other family matters are unable to be heard at a court hearing or receive a final judicial decision on their matter. This does not mean, however, that parties are without alternatives.

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While COVID-19 may have many aspects of our lives on hold, alternative dispute resolution allows parties to take control of their cases and pursue a settlement amongst themselves. Here at Spooner & Associates, P.C., we know how frustrating it must be for your case, and a large part of your personal life, to essentially be on hold for an unknown time. That is why we strive to empower clients to settle their disputes without court intervention, if possible. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators that specialize in advocating for our family law clients, especially during these uncertain times. Scott Spooner is also an experienced mediator who knows how to get cases settled.

A court hearing may not be on the horizon for your case, but our office can help you settle your case on your terms despite the chaos of COVID-19. Although our office is physically closed to the public for the safety of our clients, employees, and community, we continue to work both at the office and through off site means. Phone calls, email, and Zoom videoconferencing services allow us to continue providing the same legal services we have always provided. If you would like to see how Spooner & Associates, P.C., can serve your legal needs – either through representation or mediation – please contact our office at 678-714-1131 or through our firm website. We hope that everyone continues to stay safe in this uncertain time.

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The law offices of Spooner and Associates, P.C. provides quality family law and personal injury representation for residents of all North Metro Atlanta Counties (including Gwinnett County, Barrow County, Forsyth County, Jackson County, Walton County, Hall County, Forsyth County, and North Fulton County), which includes the cities of Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Sugar Hill, Buford, John’s Creek, Milton, Cumming, Gainesville, Oakwood, Snellville, Winder, Monroe, Dacula (including Hamilton Mill), Auburn, Braselton, Hoschton, and Jefferson.