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How the Coronavirus Will Impact New York Divorces

The Coronavirus — that nasty little virus that is causing people to get sick (and unfortunately death), people undergoing self-quarantined, everyone washing their hands, a run on Purell and other disinfectants, and the general upheaval of our daily lives — will also affect your divorce or may even cause more divorces.

As this is being written, New York Courts have issued guidelines to extend timelines, postpone proceedings (whenever possible) and to consider the use of video and telephones in conferences. The goal is to minimize courthouse appearances, maximize adjournments and also to promote the use of remote appearance via video or telephones. Attorneys and their parties may be excused from physically appearing in Court.

However, as of now, adjournment requests for hearings and trials will be determined by each Judge and on a case-by-case basis.

Therefore, it is likely that if you have an existing divorce case, that it will be delayed. If you are thinking of filing for a divorce, you can still do so, but, again, your court dates may be delayed.

Clearly, the Coronavirus and its full impact are still not known and this is a fluid situation. This blog will be updated as more information becomes available.

David Badanes, Esq. and the Badanes Law Office, P.C., keeps track of recent news and makes sure that its clients are well informed on how recent events can effect their divorce.

If you are thinking of getting divorced, please contact David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office, P.C. at: 631-239-1702, email at david@dbnylaw.com or visit our web site: www.dbnylaw.com. The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport and Uniondale.

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