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Help for families going through divorce, custody battles, while courts are closed

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Posted at 3:27 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 17:51:02-04

NORFOLK, Va. - In the weeks and months since the coronavirus pandemic began, the court system has slowed to a crawl, with many cases put on hold until courtrooms can safely reopen.

The delay has been particularly tough for families going through divorce or custody battles.

"Be patient. Act smart," says family law attorney Besianne Tavss Maiden. Click here for more contact information for Maiden or call 757-625-1214 to schedule an appointment.

She told News 3 anchor Blaine Stewart while most court proceedings are postponed for now, there are emergency situations where judges will hear a case.

"They are there for emergencies, but true emergencies, not because Joey came back at four instead of two, but if a child is in danger, the courts are still there for you."

She adds, "Reach out. Talk to an attorney in the field. He or she can guide you."

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