In an ever-changing and evolving situation, we want to keep you posted with information that is timely and relevant to empower you to help your family during this emergency situation.
CURRENT COURT STANDING ORDERS AND DIRECTIVES RELATING TO COVID-19
Family Court Orders
COVID-19 Dallas County Family Courts Joint Statement (03/23/2020)
Tarrant County COVID Standing Order (03/23/2020)
For Small Businesses impacted by the virus, the Small Business Administration may have programs that can provide relief. For more information please visit the official SBA website on Coronavirus at www.SBA.gov/
Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas: https://gov.texas.gov/
For information about school, business and government office closures, and other important information, see the official Coronavirus website for the following counties:
Jennifer Hargrave on the Radio
Listen to Jennifer as she discusses How to Handle Child Custody During a Pandemic.
Listen to “How are courts handling divorce during the quarantine? || 1080 KRLD Dallas || 5/4/20” on Spreaker.
Find out How are courts handling divorce during the quarantine?
Do you have a current Court Order in effect regarding your children? Are you concerned about how social isolation may impact your relationship with your children, or the economic impact may mean for child support?
Are you in a strained marital or cohabitating relationship, and feel like you need to get out of your relationship, but are afraid? Are you concerned that social isolation may risk your physical or emotional security – for you and your children?
Schedule a COVID-19 related appointment with us, and you will have 30 minutes to review your questions and concerns with a lawyer at Hargrave Family Law.
COVID-19: Survive to Thrive Webinars
We have designed a series of Webinars to provide practical advice and tools for managing family life in the “new normal.” At Hargrave Family Law, we believe relevant information helps each of us make the best decisions possible during this time of uncertainty. Join Jennifer Hargrave as she interviews leaders in our North Texas Community, who provide excellent resources to ensure you not only survive this international crisis, but that you and your family thrive.
Date of Event: MARCH 27, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Housson
Topic: Focus on Distance Education and Special Learning Needs
Summary of Topic: Parents accustomed to sending their children to school, are suddenly in the role of overseeing their children’s education through the use of distance education. For children with special learning needs, this can present a special challenge. Most parents are not educational specialists. These issues can be compounded when you have children going between two homes. On this webinar, we spoke with Dr. Matthew Housson, who is the owner and founder of the Housson Center. The Housson Center provides psychological and educational services for children of all ages.
Dr. Matthew Housson is a licensed psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1996. He worked for seven years at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center, Department of Psychology, where he completed developmental assessments of preschoolers and Psychoeducational Evaluations of school-aged children. He has more than 20 years’ experience diagnosing autism, attention disorders, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. In addition to evaluation, Dr. Housson works with families to identify appropriate educational environments for their children and also provides individual and family therapy to address behavioral and emotional concerns.
DATE OF EVENT: MARCH 31, 2020
SPEAKER: Kim Bowen, LPC
TOPIC: Relationship Survival – How to Cope in Close Quarters
Summary of Topic: Are you experiencing stress in your marriage? Stress due to financials, children, and sexual tension? Are you concerned about the impact this period of “lock down” is having on your relationship? On this webinar, we will talk with Kim Bowen, LPC, who is the owner and founder of The Marriage Place, which is focused on helping marriages survive even the most difficult of times.
Kim Bowen is a licensed professional counselor who offers relationship therapy through her company The Marriage Place. Her blogs and newsletters have been featured in various publications and she is the author of the book, The Love, Joy, Peace Workbook: A Couple’s Bible Study. She just relaunched her book, Marriage Rescue: Triage Toolkit. Her mission is to help couples build stronger, healthier and happier relationships. She has been married to her husband, John, for more than 29 years.
To learn more, click HERE!
DATE OF EVENT: APRIL 2, 2020
SPEAKER: Kim Griffith
TOPIC: Staying Calm in the Storm
Summary of Topic: Is everyone running on a short fuse in your home during this unique “shelter-in-place” period in our lives? Are you finding it hard to maintain the loving connection while your family is stuck in close quarters? Kim Griffith is a life coach who has developed a life-changing tool for calming the triggers, and creating connection, even in the most challenging of circumstances. Explore important tools for avoiding the triggers that cause conflict, power struggles and chaos. Learn how to maintain connection, creating an environment that fosters healthy communication, partnership and engagement.
To learn more, click HERE!
DATE OF EVENT: April 8, 2020
SPEAKER: Ryan Casey Waller
TOPIC: Protecting Your Sanity
Summary of Topic: Do you feel like you are about to lose your mind? Are you losing energy and motivation to engage in a life, confined to your house? You are not alone. Join us for this important webinar with Ryan Casey Waller. Ryan is a licensed marriage and family therapist, Episcopal priest and lawyer. He is a gifted speaker and author, and will share important insights to help us all stay mentally strong in the midst of overwhelming uncertainty, isolation and fear.
About Ryan Casey Waller: As a therapist who is also an attorney, writer, and Episcopal priest, Ryan brings a broad spectrum of experience into therapy. Ryan is currently working as a Marriage & Family Therapist Associate with Southwest clinical & Forensics, PLLC. He works with people of all ages who are dealing with depression and substance abuse, and especially families who have lost a loved one due to suicide. Ryan sees people for the complex human they are as opposed to a mere diagnosis. He has authored several books, including Broken, which are available for purchase on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Ryan-Casey-Waller/e/B00HVJNFP0?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000 ).
DATE OF EVENT: April 10, 2020
SPEAKER: Ryan McLemore
TOPIC: COVID-19 & Real Estate: What you need to know about buying, selling and investing during these turbulent times
Summary of Topic: Were you planning to sell your home this Spring? Or maybe you were looking to buy a new home? Perhaps after sheltering in place for several weeks, you’ve decided you need more rooms (and more insulation)! What is happening with the current real estate market, and what might we expect for the rest of the quarantine, and beyond? Join us for this important webinar with Ryan McLemore who will share with us what is happening in the DFW real estate market. Ryan is licensed Relator® who likes to tell it like it is.
About Ryan McLemore: Ryan’s career started in 2002 with Citigroup’s Marketing Division. He then branched out on his own in 2006, launching marketing firms across the US and Canada. After successfully selling his company in 2009, he landed at The Five Star Institute, the nation’s top conference and media outlet for Distressed Real Estate and Mortgage Banking. In 2013, he identified a huge void in the agent/ broker arena. The industry’s need for an authentic, hands-on, full-service Realtor, capable of mastering buyer, seller and investor relationships simultaneously lead to his career transition. In 2015, Ryan met his future wife, who was a Procurement Engineer at Lockheed at the time. In 2018, Allyssa resigned and partnered with Ryan as a full-time Realtor. In June of 2019, they were married, making the McLemore Team official on all fronts!
Ryan was born and raised in Waxahachie, TX and holds a BBA from Oklahoma Christian University. He enjoys bird hunting, fishing, golf, officiating football, and his 4 month old Chocolate Lab.
DATE OF EVENT: April 22, 2020 – Webinar begins at Noon
SPEAKER: Dr. Paula Miltenberger, Ph.D.
TOPIC: Why Worry? How to Manage Fears & Anxiety
Summary of Topic: So many people are having a difficult time turning off the worry. We live in a world of twenty-four-hour news, which means non-stop reporting on things that may be contributing to your fears and anxiety. If your mind is filled with racing thoughts about the worst-case scenarios, you are not alone. What happens if a family member gets sick? What happens if there aren’t enough ventilators, or toilet paper? What happens if my child fails at distance learning? Dr. Miltenberger is an expert at helping other people manage fears and anxiety. Join us for an engaging conversation about how you can create a plan to manage your worries and stop a coronavirus anxiety spiral.
Paula Miltenberger, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and founder of Women’s Mental Wellness. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Miltenberger received specialized training completing her APA-accredited internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Mental Health within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. She has advanced training in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International. Dr. Miltenberger has been personally trained and certified by Dr. Alice Domar, of Harvard Medical School and The Domar Center, to lead the Mind/Body Program for Infertility. She served as a Clinical Supervisor for doctoral students from UTSW Medical School as well as the Women’s Psychology Service at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas.
Dr. Miltenberger works closely with internal medicine, obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, oncologists and psychiatrists to provide comprehensive care for women. Dr. Miltenberger enjoys educating physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers on the importance of women’s mental wellness. Dr. Miltenberger is a published author on issues related to loss and perinatal depression.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Miltenberger is a consulting psychologist for Medical City Dallas’ Women’s Hospital, where she works with women experiencing high risk pregnancies, as well as candidates for fetal surgery.
In relationships where there is a history of blaming, name-calling and devaluing the other person, it is reasonable to expect that these households will increase in toxic emotions and destructive arguments during this time of social isolation. Children stuck in homes with this kind of toxicity will carry the brunt of damage caused by being witness to an emotionally (and sometimes physically) abusive home.
If you are in a toxic relationship, where arguments quickly devolve into blame, resentment, name calling, and devaluing the other person, this period of social isolation is going to be especially challenging. Abuse often happens as a result of increased anxiety, heightened fear, decreased self-esteem, and lack of emotional regulation. Loss of jobs and income, and stress from being isolated without outlets to relieve boredom, only add to the increased threat of abuse.
Historically, domestic violence increases in the midst of a national or global crisis. If your relationship has ever been physically violent, where your partner has thrown objects, destroyed property, or hit you or a member of your household, you need to create a safety plan for your physical safety. Saving your or your children’s lives are just as important as staying healthy.
I Will Survive: 7 Tips to Making the Most of Family Isolation During the Current Pandemic
Schools are closed. Restaurants are closed. Our workplaces have sent us home. We are not even allowed to go to our places of worship. We can use this time to our family’s advantage, filled with fond memories – or we can join the ranks of the complainers, and ensure it is a time we will want to forget…
CONNECTING WITH YOUR CHILD WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE TWO PRECIOUS HOURS
So, you’re divorced, or about to be, and on Thursdays you only have two precious hours to spend with your child(ren). During these unique and stressful times we find ourselves in due to COVID-19, you may be struggling with how to make the most out of that limited time under our current “shelter-in-place” restrictions. Here are some ideas as to how to spend those valuable 120 minutes: