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7 months ago

Pedersen Law PLLC

This week, the Supreme Court extended the continuance of our civil matters through May 17, 2020. This is a challenging time for folks in the midst of family law matters. Stay tuned for more updates and stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less

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7 months ago

Pedersen Law PLLC

I know a certain Littlefoot that does this same thing!! ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

Pedersen Law PLLC

Managing Child Custody during the COVID-19 Pandemic
We live in unprecedented times as the Novel Coronavirus has quickly spread around the globe. Numerous studies have shown that social distancing is helping to slow the spread of the virus. On March 30, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order No. 55, known as the “Stay-at-Home Order,” urging and requiring much of the state to stay at home and abide by social distancing standards.
Does the Stay-at-Home Order affect my custody or visitation order? Not necessarily, no. Governor Northam’s order specifically allows parents to continue to travel to facilitate custody, visitation, and childcare. You should continue to follow your current custody schedule unless a new custody order is issued in your case or your ex-spouse agrees to modify the schedule.
It may be appropriate to change the custody schedule if your child is in a high-risk group, your ex-spouse has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms and is presumed positive, or your ex-spouse works in a high-risk environment, such as healthcare, where risk of exposure is high.
It is important to remember that even well-founded fears over COVID-19 may not allow you to unilaterally change a custody schedule. If you are facing a dilemma over COVID-19, you should first try to communicate with your ex-spouse to see what you can both do to reduce your child’s risk.
But what happens if parents cannot agree? If you have legitimate concerns, you may want to propose alternatives such as:
- Temporarily postponing in-person visits and scheduling make-up visits for a later date;
- Scheduling daily phone calls or video calls using FaceTime or Zoom; and
- Keeping in touch using letters, cards, emails, and text messages.
If you are unable to resolve these issues, consider speaking with one of the experienced Family Law Attorneys at Pedersen Law. Pedersen Law continues to serve the Hampton Roads area during this pandemic while observing all CDC recommendations for safety and social distancing. Pedersen Law offers convenient consultations by phone or virtual meetings via Zoom. For more details, call our office at 757-903-4410.
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7 months ago

Pedersen Law PLLC

Living Wills, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives and the COVID-19 Pandemic
The quick spread of the Novel Coronavirus around the United States has had a drastic impact on America’s healthcare system. Many patients with severe symptoms are using ventilators for days or even weeks to fully recover. During these troubling times, incapacity planning documents, such as Advance Medical Directives, can be crucial to obtaining appropriate care for loved ones.
What is a Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney? How are they different from an Advance Medical Directive? Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are legal documents which allow you to select one or more family members to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated. They also generally include guidelines and directions to your healthcare agent, identifying what your preferences are in the event you require life-sustaining equipment, end-of-life decisions, and HIPPA waivers to allow your doctors to communicate with your family. An Advance Medical Directive is essentially a Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney combined together.
How has COVID-19 affected Living Wills and Advance Medical Directives? As the novel Coronavirus pandemic came as a surprise to much of the world over the course of a few short months, most AMDs do not anticipate or contemplate the COVID-19 disease or its treatment. Some Living Wills and AMDs may disallow the use of respirators or ventilators, even when treating a disease with a possibility of recovery, like COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, it is important to locate and review your documents to ensure your wishes are accurately expressed in light of recent events.
If you do need to make changes to your Living Will, Healthcare Power of Attorney, or Advance Medical Directive, consider speaking with one of the experienced Estate Planning Attorneys at Pedersen Law. Pedersen Law continues to serve the Hampton Roads area during this pandemic while observing all CDC recommendations for safety and social distancing. Pedersen Law offers convenient consultations by phone or virtual meetings via Zoom. Documents can be quickly and safely signed from the comfort of your own vehicle with signing ceremonies performed in accordance with CDC safety and social distancing recommendations. For more details, call our office at 757-903-4410.
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7 months ago

Pedersen Law PLLC

Managing Child Custody during the COVID-19 Pandemic
We live in unprecedented times as the Novel Coronavirus has quickly spread around the globe. Numerous studies have shown that social distancing is helping to slow the spread of the virus. On March 30, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order No. 55, known as the “Stay-at-Home Order,” urging and requiring much of the state to stay at home and abide by social distancing standards.
Does the Stay-at-Home Order affect my custody or visitation order? Not necessarily, no. Governor Northam’s order specifically allows parents to continue to travel to facilitate custody, visitation, and childcare. You should continue to follow your current custody schedule unless a new custody order is issued in your case or your ex-spouse agrees to modify the schedule.
It may be appropriate to change the custody schedule if your child is in a high-risk group, your ex-spouse has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms and is presumed positive, or your ex-spouse works in a high-risk environment, such as healthcare, where risk of exposure is high.
It is important to remember that even well-founded fears over COVID-19 may not allow you to unilaterally change a custody schedule. If you are facing a dilemma over COVID-19, you should first try to communicate with your ex-spouse to see what you can both do to reduce your child’s risk.
But what happens if parents cannot agree? If you have legitimate concerns, you may want to propose alternatives such as:
- Temporarily postponing in-person visits and scheduling make-up visits for a later date;
- Scheduling daily phone calls or video calls using FaceTime or Zoom; and
- Keeping in touch using letters, cards, emails, and text messages.
If you are unable to resolve these issues, consider speaking with one of the experienced Family Law Attorneys at Pedersen Law. Pedersen Law continues to serve the Hampton Roads area during this pandemic while observing all CDC recommendations for safety and social distancing. Pedersen Law offers convenient consultations by phone or virtual meetings via Zoom. For more details, call our office at 757-903-4410.
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8 months ago

Pedersen Law PLLC

The Director of First Impressions, aka Littlefoot, off on an adventure at the marina and of course exercising appropriate social distancing! ... See MoreSee Less

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I hope she didn’t ruin her pedicure. 🤣

Ha I love her! 💜

8 months ago

Pedersen Law PLLC

Happy Friday afternoon, everyone! We have finished our first week working remotely and the staff is doing a great job!

I am looking at creating some posts with questions my family law clients typically ask. Let me know if you have special requests!

Stay safe, everyone!
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8 months ago

Pedersen Law PLLC

Thank you to everyone who does and has made Pedersen Law a success! We really appreciate your reviews and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life! ... See MoreSee Less

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