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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Matters of divorce and family law should be navigated with the guidance of an experienced attorney. If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today.