Coronavirus & Family Law Case

How Does The Coronavirus Affect My Family Law Case?

As we continue as a community to address the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the attorneys and staff at Nicole L. Goetz P.L. are committed to working to provide our clients with the best legal services during this time while protecting them, our community, and our staff.


Although we are carefully following all official recommendations and we are monitoring changes in court operations on a daily basis, Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. remains open.

However, in order to comply with the most recent directives aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, we encourage clients to take advantage of the ability to meet with our staff through video, web or phone conferencing. New clients are welcome to get started, too, just call the office at 239-325-5030 to set up a consultation.

Per recent advisories from the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Administrative Office of the Court, the circuit courthouses are open, with limitations in light of COVID-19.

At this point, most civil and family law court events taking place within the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will be conducted by remote electronic means in lieu of in-person appearances.  However, domestic violence injunction hearings will take place in person but those permitted in the courtrooms will be limited.

Directives from the Florida Supreme Court and the local circuit relative to family law matters indicate:

  • All family law trials are cancelled until further notice.
  • All family law non-evidentiary hearings will be telephonic.
  • All family law evidentiary hearings may be cancelled or held telephonically, at the sole discretion of the presiding judge on a case-by-case basis.

Here are some links and local resources that can assist you in staying up-to-date on closings and local news related to COVID-19:


Lee County is expanding previously announced closings until further notice and is moving more services online in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The county’s goal is to reduce person-to-person contact, following the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America. For a complete list of Lee County government closings, visit or Facebook: Lee County Government.

  • Public Schools and Charter Schools closures are extended through the end of the school year.
  • Virtual learning / online instruction began on Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • Learn more at the Lee County School District website.
  • Visit your institution’s website to learn more about cancellations or e-learning opportunities.

Collier County also offers a COVID-19 information page, which contains information on closures, business recovery resources, news releases and more. Collier County is closely monitoring all developments related to COVID-19 and will provide additional updates as they occur. Information is available at and


Given the rapidly changing landscape related to COVID-19 and its effects on business operations and legal community functions, we encourage you to reach out to us at any time during normal business hours to get updates on the status of your family law case.

The attorneys at Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. have the resources and experience to continue to serve you effectively even when working remotely. We remain committed to assist you throughout your divorce or family law case.  To schedule a confidential consultation and receive more information about your options, please contact our office in Naples, Florida at 239-325-5030.

The information provided on law and legal topics is designed for general information only and does not constitute nor should it be considered legal advice. It is not a substitute nor should it be considered a substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney knowledgeable about your specific factual situation.