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Schools should delay starting or offer virtual-only instruction until Sept. 8, Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said Tuesday, to avoid loss of life due to the coronavirus.

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Fighting over child custody and visitation is painful under even the best of circumstances, but attorneys and parents say the coronavirus pandemic has brought more stress, more fear, and more "live ammunition" to the battlefield.

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Michael Hoke

Michael and Laura Hoke and their two kids, Aaron, 8, and Mara, 5, spend much of their time in the front yard now, even bringing out some of the backyard furniture, as they embrace a slower and more home-oriented lifestyle during social distancing. (Michael Hoke)

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In pre-COVID times, calling the Hoke family "busy" would be an understatement.

Hyper-social and community-oriented, Laura and Michael Hoke and their two children barreled daily through club meetings, social lunches, farmers markets, volunteer projects and more. In Austin, regularly ranked the best place in the U.S. to live by various magazines, it was easy to fill their calendar.

But after a month of staying home to help stop community spread of the virus, a different Hoke family is emerging.

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