Alimony, Child Support & COVID-19

We are just beginning to experience the financial impact COVID-19 is having here in NJ. Many retail stores are temporarily closing as are salons, barbershops, and many other business. We wish them all a strong comeback when this passes. Many are wondering about the impact on their job and income. Whether you are paying or receiving alimony and or child support, the impact of these shutdowns and the economic slow down are cause for concern. In line with my advice on custody and parenting time, it is critical that both sides be reasonable and proactive.

Orders for alimony and child support remain in place and enforceable until changed by a subsequent court order. One can normally not engage in “self help” and simply stop paying. The recipient relies on receipt of the funds for important household expenses including expenses for the children. Under normal circumstances, if a consent order memorializing an agreement between the parties cannot be created, it can take 25 days or more to obtain a judicial determination after a motion has been filed. In the current environment, getting that order will undoubtedly take longer. As such, coming to an interim, mutually acceptable arrangement is advisable if the payments cannot continue in full or if at all. I would not suggest that anyone waive or relinquish funds they’re entitled to and I would hope that no one paying support will exploit this crisis for financial gain.

If you have concerns about the alimony or child support provisions of your case, The Durst Firm remains accessible to assist.

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Here to help anytime, anywhere

We cannot advise strongly enough that everyone should comply with the executive order enters by Governor Murphy today l, March 21, 2020. We all need to take whatever steps, and make whatever temporary sacrifices, we can to eradicate COVID-19.

Governor Murphy ordered the immediate closure of many businesses. Out of an abundance of caution and in compliance with the directive, firm operations will be conducted remotely to the extent possible. Office hours will be limited. However, The Durst Firm remains open for business and is available to address your family law needs.

Calls and voicemails will be rerouted to cell phones. Having largely transitioned to a cloud based case management platform, case files are accessible anytime, anywhere. Documents can be exchanged by fax or email. New client consultations can be conducted by phone or video conference.

As we navigate these waters The Durst Firm remains focused on family law.

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Can’t get far enough away? Social distancing & spousal distancing

A new phrase has entered our lexicon: “social distance”. This is a fancy was of saying stay away from people so as to minimize our risk of getting COVID-19. Maintaining a healthy distance can also benefit other areas of your life. While not intending to make light of the current health crisis or problematic marriages, “social distancing” is key.

Just as when dealing with a health crisis, the key to managing a divorce is to be proactive and follow the advice of the experts. For twenty years, T. Sandberg Durst, Esq., has been a leader in NJ family law. The Durst Firm is focused exclusively on family law and provides an individually tailored approach to each and every case. We can arrange for initial consultations by phone or video conferencing and will resume in-person consultations when the situation allows. Realistically, we anticipate an increase in divorce filings and family law litigation as this crisis unfolds and ultimately subsisted. As we limit our case load in order to provide a high level of service to our clients, contact The Durst Firm to secure a consultation if you wish to turn social distancing into spousal distancing.

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Mercer county family court update. 3-19-2020

Today, March 19, 2020 it was announced that the civil courthouse at 175 South Broad Street in Trenton, NJ is completely closed until further notice. We will keep you posted as to what this means in terms of new filing and moving existing cases through the system. We recognize these developments make an already trying time all the more difficulty. Now, more than ever, The Durst Firn is here to help.

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Update on status of NJ courts (3-18-2020)

In an effort to keep both firm clients and the general public update on the status of the courts during this ever evolving time, we provide the following notice from the judiciary:

As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference.

This is part of the Judiciary’s social distancing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Contact the court if you have questions about a scheduled hearing, motion, conference, or other matter. https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/index.html?lang=eng

Through March 27, all Landlord/Tenant (https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/closings.html) calendars and all Municipal Court (https://www.njcourts.gov/notices/2020/n200314a.pdf?c=Wb7) sessions are postponed and a new date will be provided to you.

As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference.

This is part of the Judiciary’s social distancing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Contact the court if you have questions about a scheduled hearing, motion, conference, or other matter. https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/index.html?lang=eng

Through March 27, all Landlord/Tenant (https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/closings.html) calendars and all Municipal Court (https://www.njcourts.gov/notices/2020/n200314a.pdf?c=Wb7) sessions are postponed and a new date will be provided to you.

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