How Florida Court Orders Affect Family Law in Tampa

Ever since the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, there’s been a reasonable amount of confusion about the Florida court process. We’re here to provide clarity on how Hillsborough County court proceedings are affected by Florida’s COVID-19 orders and advisories.

How is Tampa affected by COVID-19 restrictions?

The public health emergency associated with COVID-19 was renewed effective October 2021, which has led to updated health and safety protocols in Tampa courts. The court guidelines as of January 2022 are as follows:

  • Court cases are permitted to be held in person and attendees will NOT be required to wear a mask
  • Attendees have a right to wear a mask if they choose to do so
  • If an attendee requests a mask, it must be provided to them

Participants also have a right to request to be physically distanced from other attendees, and the court will address the request under appropriate circumstances.

What about remote court cases?

Virtual court proceedings will be permitted following the guidelines outlined in the emergency operational measures section of the administrative order. Remote court proceedings are permitted, and everyone who has access to participate by electronic means must do so.

Will remote proceedings affect the outcome of the case?

Chief judges will be held responsible for making sure the resolution of all cases is reached in a fair and legal manner. All judges will be required to strictly comply with the Florida Rule of General Practice and Judicial Administration, regardless of whether the proceedings are virtual or in-person.

Will family law cases be affected by new orders?

The number one priority at LaFrance Family Law is to make sure that all our clients receive fair treatment and the best outcome for their families. The 2020 crisis undoubtedly led to some confusion on how COVID-19 changed family law. The family lawyers at LaFrance are committed to helping ease that confusion.

How can LaFrance help?

We understand that things are a little extra rough right now. The last thing anyone needs while facing a family crisis is to face it alone. Our family law attorneys will work with you through the legal confusion in Florida.

Contact us now to hire a Tampa attorney.