The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, was declared a worldwide pandemic on March 11, 220. Since then, schools have shut down, restaurants and movie theaters have closed, and millions of Americans are either working from home or not working at all. Needless to say, the outbreak has impacted all aspects of our lives. Family law issues, such as co-parenting, divorces, child support and custody, are no exception.
Co-Parenting During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Now, more than ever before, parents need to work together to co-parent their kids as much as possible. In most situations, court orders will allow you to make changes to your agreements as long as both parents discuss and mutually agree on the changes. However, this may not always be the case, as not all parties can come to an agreement. In such situations, parties can file an emergency Order to Show Cause application.
Filing a Divorce During the Pandemic
As a result of court closures prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, most, if not all, family court clerks are not accepting paper or E-filing non-essential matters – including new divorce matters. However, despite this order, you can still take steps to begin a divorce action without an official filing. You can find a Central Valley family law firm that is fully operational to handle your divorce. Once you retain counsel, your attorney can reach out to the other party or his or her attorney to discuss preparation of pleadings (even if they can’t be filed at this time).
Child Support Payments During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Child support is based on a parent’s ability to pay the needs of their children. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the needs of children do not diminish, but many parents’ ability to pay child support may change. When a parent’s income changes due to unemployment or decreased income, courts can allow for child support to be modified. If you find yourself in such a situation, you should consult with your Central Valley family law attorney to take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Family Law Attorney
Uncertainty around the coronavirus is unsettling, but we want you to know that the legal team at the Srai Law Offices is up and running and here to help. With our extensive use of technology, our offices are uniquely prepared to be completely mobile and help our clients with any family law issues they may have.