Our divorce lawyers in Las Vegas and certified paralegal staff are working diligently to continually provide legal counsel and emotional support to our existing and new clients. We receive daily updates of each client’s case status and other court related directives, and are in constant contact with our professional colleagues, Clark County Family Courts, and local and state government officials.
Courtesy phone consultations at no charge, and when appropriate, video conferences in place of in-office meetings, are available to everyone.
The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic is Real
The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the lives of all Americans and tens of millions throughout the world. We are living through history and the threat is real. Unfortunately there is still a small minority of people who don’t fully comprehend the severity of the situation.
This past weekend one of our Summerlin based divorce attorneys drove by a local park on their way to get essential supplies from a grocery store. The park was packed with families and people of all ages seemingly oblivious to the dangers. Most were not practicing social distancing in any manner. To those we say – TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!
The virus’ invisibility doesn’t make it “fake news”. This is not just a “bad flu bug”. It is far more contagious and indiscriminately deadly than anything we’ve seen in over 100 years. You are not immune. Ignoring the facts will not make you so. Failure to take the appropriate precautions could produce dire results. Your life, and the lives of your family members, could depend on your actions.
Currently the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is projecting nationwide deaths in the range of 100,000 to 240,000 before this scourge is over. This is an increase from their previous guidance of 200,000 on the top end. Hopefully we will never realize either number, but there are no guarantees we won’t. Check with trusted media sources daily to keep yourself informed of the latest developments and guidance. When highly qualified medical experts provide information – believe them!
We will continue to comply with instructions from state and local officials. Please do your part and join us in these efforts for the common good.
Recognize that Everyone is Under Stress
The gravity of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic is stressful for everyone. There are numerous factors that contribute to this. First, the speed at which this situation has come upon us is unparalleled. What was unimaginable a few short weeks ago is today’s reality. So we haven’t had the benefit of time to get accustomed to our new normal. Second, no one knows exactly what the eventual outcome will be, except that our lives will be forever changed. Nothing feeds fear more than the fear of the unknown. Third, the economic strain is real and will take time to recover. Many in our Las Vegas community have already, and hopefully temporarily, been furloughed from their jobs. Business owners have closed their doors and are dealing with the shock of having their life savings and years of hard work in jeopardy. For these reasons, and countless others, it’s perfectly understandable that people are feeling stressed.
Stay Informed of New Developments
Keep yourself informed through reliable media sources. Granted we now live in an age where it’s difficult to separate media fact from fiction. Regardless of your politics, a talking head with a non-medical agenda on one of the political action channels (MSNBC, FOX, CNN just for example) is not preferable. Sadly many cannot put aside their petty political sniping even in the face of a national emergency. News flash – the COVID-19 Caronavirus couldn’t care less about your politics.
In addition to your state and local government officials, the best source of reliable information comes from medical professionals. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, are two of the best sources of information. They are providing daily updates and are world leading experts in their medical professions. Both have spent decades, literally their entire careers, preparing for our new normal. They both also exhibit the ability to speak factually regardless of any external political pressures.
The Effects on Your Children
Many of the calls our divorce attorneys receive are child related. In addition to the difficulties that everyone is having, co-parenting and shared custody arrangements pose additional concerns – both logistical and financial. Let’s face it; co-parenting can be difficult in the best of circumstances. And in times of heightened stress there can be a tendency for short tempers. Be cognizant of this when dealing with your children’s other parent. They’ll always be time for venting later, if need be. In addition to our clients, we offer these tips and recommendations to all divorced parents as they work through normalizing their lives and those of their children.
Co-Parenting in the New Normal
All divorced parents with minor children have child custody and child support arrangements. As a general rule, you should handle these issues as you have before. In situations where this is not possible, it’s best for co-parents to be civil and flexible with each other. If you are not doing so already, now is the time to cooperate with your ex for the sake of your children. Put your differences aside and work with your former spouse on shared custody arrangements. We realize that this is not always possible and our divorce attorneys offer assistance to those who can’t work things out with their former spouse by themselves.
Remember to follow best practices when transferring children from one home to another. This includes your children washing and changing into freshly laundered clothes as soon as possible after an exchange between parental houses. Use a disinfectant to wipe-down backpacks, shoes, and any other items moving from one house to another. Medical professionals are currently still evaluating the exact time frame in which the virus can live on various surfaces.
Stay Healthy and Maintain Social Distancing
Use every precaution when it comes to your health and the health of your children. Children often mimic the behavior of their parents. Lead by example with frequent hand washing, disinfecting surfaces, and other than for work or vital errands, staying at home as much as possible. Keeping busy at home can stave off “cabin fever”. If you are not working from home, now is a great time for an extensive spring cleaning. If your children are not schooling on-line, keep them occupied with household chores or other activities.
If you have to leave your home, practice social distancing; stay at least 6 feet away from others whenever possible. When returning to your home, wash your hands immediately, and if possible, shower and change your clothes. While this is inconvenient, being hospitalized with a life threatening disease is even less convenient.
Remain Calm in the Presence of Your Children
Be mindful that your children are going through stress themselves. Depending on their age, children pickup signals from their parents in different ways. So it’s best to remain calm especially in the presence of your children. If you project a composed attitude so will they. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. We get it. We are just like you and not exempt from the concerns that we all have.
Be Honest and Age Appropriate with Answers
Like us, your children have questions about what is going on. It’s important to be honest with your responses. Always keep in mind that questions from children of different ages should be handled differently. A six year-old will require much less detail than a teenager in order to be satisfied with your answer. Strive to keep your answer accurate but reassuring. The only thing certain is that our country has faced tremendous challenges before and we have always prevailed. We will do so once again!
Understand the Social Strains Particularly in Teens
Children of all ages, just like adults, are highly social beings. They are accustomed to meeting face to face with their friends and classmates. Having these interactions abruptly terminated is a culture shock for them. This hits teenagers particularly hard because their primary relationships are more peer oriented rather than parental. Accept that your teenager may not be pleased with staying home and the extended, and possibly uninterrupted, parental company that goes with it. They may require extra patience more so than younger children.
But this is not a time for group hang-outs, play dates, or sleep-overs. Fortunately our digital age allows video communications with relative ease. Most smartphones have at least one app that allows for concurrent audio and video transmissions. Allow your children ample opportunities to text and Facetime schoolmates and other friends and keep their social connections active.
Expert Divorce Lawyers in Las Vegas Can Help You
If you believe your ex is taking advantage of the situation, our Nevada State Bar Board Certified Las Vegas divorce attorneys can help. Attorneys Jennifer V. Abrams and Vincent Mayo offer no charge courtesy phone consultations. We are also providing two-hour initial consultation meetings via video conference until such time as Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak lifts the stay at home advisory. We are here for you. Call our office at 702-222-4021 to learn how our divorce lawyers in Las Vegas can assist you in these difficult times.