Amid the recent COVID-19 outbreak, courts are taking special precautions to help flatten the curve of the disease’s spread. While frustrating for some, this course of action is necessary in the interest of public health. Although limited in scope, Illinois courts will continue to function during the shelter-at-home period. Most routine cases have been continued for approximately thirty (30) days, and some judges are hearing specific matters, such as pretrial conferences or contested hearings, either by video or phone conference. However, it is important to note that in the event of a serious emergency, the courts remain open, and will be available to those who are in need.
Therefore, it is equally important to distinguish between matters that are emergencies and those that are not, so as to not overwhelm the court system while it is functioning at a reduced level. For example, disputes regarding parenting time and routine monetary issues do not qualify to be heard as emergency matters. Issues relating to the serious endangerment of a child, the unlawful denial of parenting time, the unauthorized transfer or use of a marital asset beyond the ordinary course of business or necessities of life, domestic violence, harassment, child abduction, and the like may qualify as emergencies. Additionally, in this time of uncertain circumstances, the health of a child or parent might constitute an emergency.
The attorneys of Hoffenberg & Block, LLC continue to work diligently on behalf of our clients, and are here to help with any issues you may have. If you have any questions, or feel that you have an emergency matter that requires immediate attention, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (312) 853-8000.