Can Alimony and Child Support Payments be Affected by COVID-19?

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The Coronavirus outbreak throughout the state of New York resulted in stay-at-home orders from Governor Andrew Cuomo. This requires all residents to socially distance and all non-essential businesses to temporarily close, thus impacting people’s everyday lives. For many, this means job and income loss. During a time such as this when work is scarce and the economy is struggling, it can result in difficult financial situations for many. It is because of this that many people who are divorced can have a hard time staying consistent with their alimony or child support payments.

Individuals facing these situations should know that they are still obligated to make these payments. They are required to continue and cannot be terminated unless a formal order or agreement is obtained from the court. While this is true, parents and former spouses have alternative options, such as asking the court to allow a modification of these payments. If granted, this could allow changes to be made to the amount or frequency of the payments that are owed so that the individual can better maintain them. The options available to a person can vary depending on their situation, which is why it is beneficial to retain the services of an experienced New York family law attorney to better understand what steps can be taken.

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I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


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