The impact on our nation of the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented. We are all being encouraged to practice social distancing, avoid travel and group social situations to reduce the chance of catching and spreading coronavirus.
But what is the protocol if you’re in the midst of a divorce? And where can you find answers about family court schedules and procedures in the wake of the coronavirus?
If you filed a divorce complaint with the court or otherwise actively started the divorce process in New Jersey, here’s what you need to know about how the coronavirus /COVID-19 can impact your divorce:
Presently and until further notice, there are no in-person New Jersey family court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). Therefore, if you have any family court events scheduled, such as case management conferences, motions, or hearings, they will likely be handled by telephone or video conference.
In the meantime, the following New Jersey family court hearings will be held as scheduled:
- Applications for emergent relief;
- Applications for Domestic Violence restraining orders; and
- Child support hearings involving incarcerated individuals.
Decreases in the value of marital assets
The coronavirus pandemic has significantly reduced the value of marital assets and other investments and retirement accounts for the time being. So, for example, if you were planning to use your share of a marital investment account to give to your spouse so you can keep your retirement account, that might not be a viable option for now. You might, therefore, choose to wait out the market or speak to your attorney about other options for dividing your marital assets.
In any event, uncertain times like this often brings us closer together. It can be as good a time as any for open communication with your soon-to-be-ex about the “what ifs” in the midst of this global pandemic.
For questions about your divorce, contact your divorce and family lawyer.
Now is the time to get clarity on how to proceed with your divorce negotiations or paperwork. Or what happens if certain marital assets have significantly lost value.
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