I Have COVID-19 and my Ex-Spouse Cannot Care for Our Kids: What Do We Do?

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Due the the rapid spread of the Coronavirus in New York, the state has called for mandatory stay-at-home orders and the closure of all non-essential businesses. This has caused people’s lives to change in many different ways, leading to self isolations and possible hospitalization for many. It is because of this that it is imperative to have a plan in place just in case the virus were to reach your family. This may be necessary in the event that you fall ill with the virus and your former spouse is unable to take care of your children. It is important to know that steps can be taken to ensure your children are cared for under these circumstances.

When creating a plan for your family, be sure that it is in place ahead of time so that you are prepared in advance. It is not enough to simply wait until the virus has already affected your family. This can be done by establishing a power of attorney to name a legal guardian for your children. This is a person who can care for them in the event that you are not feeling well and your former spouse is unable to take over child care. In these situations, a Limited Power of Attorney may be the best decision, as it allows another person the rights to act in designated areas for a specific amount of time. This can include becoming a legal guardian during the Coronavirus pandemic. Without a plan and parents are unable to take care of their children, a relative can go to the court to be appointed as kinship legal guardian.

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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...

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