Category Archives: COVID-19

Special Considerations for Divorce During the Pandemic

Forced closer together by lockdowns, travel restrictions, work-from-home orders and school closures during the pandemic, many married couples have seen their relationships strained to the point of breaking. This has led to a surge of divorces in New York and across the nation. But with the backlog of cases caused by COVID-related court closures, estranged… Read More »

What Does the Pandemic Mean for Couples? Fewer Marriages, More Divorces

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced married and unmarried couples alike to reexamine their relationships, spurring an increase in divorces and a drastic falloff in weddings. Unmarried couples seem to be questioning the wisdom or desirability of tying the knot. Marriage rates in the United States, which had been on the decline since the 1980s, plunged… Read More »

Will the Pandemic Result in More Amicable Divorces?

Everyone knows at least one divorce horror story. It may involve a spouse who hid or stole marital assets or who quit a job to avoid paying alimony. Too often, divorcing couples seem to write off the love and respect they once held for each other and behave as if they are complete strangers or… Read More »

Getting Your Non-Emergency Child Custody Issue Heard During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has created unique challenges for parents dealing with child custody orders or agreements. Not surprisingly, some parents have simply run out of patience with self-help remedies and may feel like their only remaining option is to go to court, either to enforce an existing arrangement or to seek a formal modification of… Read More »

Tips for Your Virtual Family Court Hearing

Due to the ever-present dangers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more court hearings are happening virtually these days. These are still relatively new endeavors for court officials and attorneys, and everyone has had to sort of grow more comfortable in the virtual setting together throughout the last year. Here are a few tips… Read More »

What to Do If COVID-19 Has Impacted Your Ability to Pay Child Support

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy, unemployment claims are hovering near 1 million a week, millions of workers have had their hours cut and more than 100,000 business have closed. With their sources of income cut off, many divorced parents are struggling to meet their child support obligations. Unfortunately,… Read More »

Virtual Litigation in Divorces and Family Court

Divorce and Family Court are very personal. Family Court involves, most often, child support and/or custody. During the pandemic, court functions were mostly suspended and appearances in court for non-criminal matters were canceled or did not occur for months. The court system has started to use Microsoft Teams. This is done through IOS, usually an… Read More »

Seeing Through the Mask: The Art of Litigating with COVID PPE

When the coronavirus pandemic set in and courtrooms shut down, the courts in New York went virtual. As helpful as the virtual option was, the fact remained that litigation, which decides issues with real effects on lives, was extremely challenging in an online environment. Now that divorce litigation is taking place inside courtrooms again, everyone… Read More »

Why You Should Find a Law Firm That Focused on Divorce Before the Pandemic Started

The coronavirus has put a strain on all of our lives, our businesses and our public institutions, including the courts. Across New York, most courts were closed for an extended time earlier in the pandemic. They have since reopened, at least partially, in most areas, so citizens can have their legal issues resolved as timely… Read More »

Tips for Virtual Child Visitation Sessions

During the time of COVID-19, it has become more common for noncustodial parents to have virtual child visitation sessions rather than in-person visits, especially when there are safety concerns. While it’s always preferable to have in-person visitation, sometimes this simply isn’t possible due to logistical issues, or, in today’s environment, due to pandemic-related concerns. It’s… Read More »