Why maybe the best answer is I don’t know

April 8, 2020

Let’s be honest: COVID-19 has thrown the entire world into chaos. For lawyers like myself, the constant stream of changing information, conflicting guidelines, and unprecedented situations has created a legal landscape as clear as mud.

The Mask Mandate Mayhem

Take the mask mandate, for instance. Should we wear them? When? What kind? The advice keeps changing, and even experts disagree. It’s enough to make anyone feel like they’re going crazy.

The Information Overload

And it’s not just masks. The pandemic has upended our daily lives, from where we can go and what we can do, to how we interact with loved ones. Every day brings a new wave of information, often contradictory and anxiety-inducing. It’s a lot to process, even for those of us trained to decipher legal jargon.

The Shifting Legal Landscape

As attorneys, we’re used to dealing with evolving laws and regulations. But the pandemic has thrown a wrench into the usual system. Executive orders are issued with little guidance, leaving us scrambling to interpret their meaning and application.

Courts are struggling to adapt, with inconsistent procedures and backlogs of cases. Even the most basic questions—like whether you can get divorced or how to handle parenting time exchanges—don’t have easy answers anymore.

Lawyers are Human Too

Remember, we’re not robots. We’re feeling the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic just like everyone else. We’re worried about our families, our businesses, and our own health. And we’re navigating a constantly shifting legal landscape with limited guidance.

So, if you ask me a legal question and the answer is “I don’t know,” please understand that it’s not for lack of trying. We’re all doing our best to keep up with the ever-changing rules and regulations, but sometimes the honest answer is simply that we don’t have all the information yet.

The Best We Can Do

In these uncertain times, the best advice I can offer is to be patient, flexible, and adaptable. Prioritize open communication with your co-parent and seek legal guidance when needed.

Remember, we’re all in this together. And as soon as we have clearer answers, I’ll be sure to share them with you. Until then, let’s focus on staying safe, supporting each other, and navigating this “new normal” one day at a time.

So, at least in the legal world, the best answer is I don’t know. I do not see this changing at any time real soon either. Until we, as attorneys, have better direction, the answer will remain I don’t know. When I know, I will pass it along. Until then, I am probably sitting on my computer, hunting for supplies and scrolling through Tiger King memes, just like you.


This information is for general knowledge only and shouldn’t replace personalized advice from a licensed attorney