Coronavirus, Divorce and Family Law:

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Higdon Hardy & Zuflacht is taking a safe but proactive approach to the Coronavirus situation in our law practice. We are working every day to represent our family law clients. At the same time, we are following best practices to protect the health of our employees and our clients. To read more please Click Here

All our employees understand that they should not be working if they are sick, and in particular, that they should not be at our office while sick.

To further protect our employees and our clients we are encouraging meetings by phone, Zoom, Skype or similar means. We have represented clients from out of state and out of the country in this manner for many years. Our clients often prefer this to traveling to our office.

We are also working with the divorce and civil courts, as well as opposing counsel, to arrange court appearances, settlement conferences, and other litigation events remotely whenever possible.

To further protect the health of all concerned, all our attorneys and staff have the technology and capability to work on cases and with clients from home as well as at the office. Your phone calls will be returned. Your emails will be answered. Your case deadlines will be met.

The days ahead may be a challenge. We do not yet know the extent to which particular courts will curtail trials or even the extent to which HHZ will have clients and other guests come to our office. We will continue to work to take care of our clients’ cases and to take on new matters and clients. We will simply manage your case in less traditional, more technology-driven ways, that are safer for your health and ours.

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Joint Custody

Conservatorship

A. Sole Managing Conservatorship vs. Joint Managing Conservatorship

  • Sole Managing Conservatorship
  • Right to primary possession
  • Right to receive child support
  • Right to make decisions
  • Possessory Conservator
  • Right to visitation
  • Duty to pay child support
  • JMC With Primary Possession
  • Right to primary possession
  • Right to receive child support
  • Joint right to make decisions
  • JMC W/out Primary Possession
  • Duty to pay child support
  • Right to visitation
  • Joint right to make decisions
    [1] Sole Managing Conservatorship:
    [2] Joint Managing Conservatorship

B. Standard of Change for Future Modification

The standard for modifying conservatorships (ie attempting to change custody) in the future is virtually the same. This should not be a consideration in determining whether to be a “sole” or “joint” conservator unless the children may be moved to another state (where the laws may differ as regards these titles).

C. Differences in Visitation and Child Support for “Sole” vs. “Joint”

There is no difference in the payment of child support or in the amount of visitation to be awarded between the different types of conservatorship. Joint Managing Conservatorship is presumed in the best interest of kids.

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