Montgomery County Maryland Court Reopening Details & Need to Know…

Maryland divorce attorney Brandon Bernstein
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It's likely that matters will continue to evolve in the future, and therefore it's important to continue to stay abreast of the latest developments, while working with an attorney who's able to keep informed on further operational changes.

The coronavirus pandemic remains an ongoing dilemma for the entire country, however the worst-hit regions have shifted over the past several months. This has allowed the Northeast and mid-Atlantic of the country to progress with its reopening schedules, and in Maryland, this includes the resumption of court services, inclusive of the circuit system which oversees family law proceedings. Divorce lawyers in Maryland at the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein advise on the specifics of the reopening, with essential information to know.

"The Montgomery County, Maryland Circuit Court is currently in Phase II of an intricately detailed five phase reopening, with Phase III set to begin on July 20th," says Brandon Bernstein, a seven-time Super Lawyers Rising Star as a Maryland family law attorney. "At each step of the reopening, there is an expanded list of services and proceedings, including those handled in-person, as well as the continuation of remote proceedings."

As it pertains to family law proceedings, Phase II encourages remote hearings whenever possibly, and begins handling certain matters such as mediations, protective orders, and non-emergency guardianships. Starting July 20th in Phase III, additional Maryland family law proceedings slated to resume include pendente lite hearings, adoptions, child support, settlement hearings, and court-ordered mediation.

Phase IV begins on August 31, and includes the resumption of in-person civil trials, and for Maryland family law cases, in-person hearings and trials. The final step, Phase V, is scheduled for October 5th. At this point, the court system will be considered "fully operational, assuming it is consistent with the health of the courthouse and surrounding community," as noted in this reopening document.

Remote services will remain in place until at least the end of Phase IV, and there's a possibility that this could be extended further into the future depending on certain ongoing conditions of the pandemic.

"It's likely that matters will continue to evolve in the future, and therefore it's important to continue to stay abreast of the latest developments, while working with an attorney who's able to keep informed on further operational changes, is able to proactively reschedule and schedule cases, and is able to handle matters with the court, and with clients, remotely as may be needed or recommended," Mr. Bernstein says.

The Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein provides a full range of services as family law attorneys in Maryland. The office is currently conducting virtual lawyer consultations for the safety and convenience of its clients, and is committed to following the latest best practices as dictated by health officials. More information is available at BrandonBernsteinLaw.com or by calling 240.395.1418.

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About the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein, LLC

The Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein, LLC is located in downtown Bethesda, and serves clients throughout the state as a divorce attorney in Maryland, covering a broad range of family law matters, and aggressively protecting the best interests of his clients at all times. He has been named a Maryland Rising Star by Super Lawyers for seven consecutive years. The core pillars of his practice are Integrity, Experience, and Results. For a free attorney consultation, prospective clients can visit his website at BrandonBernsteinLaw.com, or call the office directly at 240.395.1418.

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