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Handling Parenting Time During the Holidays

The holidays are a stressful time for many. Between social obligations, travel, and childcare, conditions for many families can become tense during the holidays. That tension is likely to be exacerbated for divorced parents and their children, as the parents and children must navigate not one but two schedules. The holidays can also be tricky for newly divorced couples who may struggle to navigate these new considerations, while their children...

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Alimony, Child Support, and COVID-19-Related Job Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll. With over 200,000 dead from the virus in the United States, it has radically reshaped our society and likely will continue to do so for many years to come. The pandemic’s effects are not only health-related; however, the virus and its associated lockdowns have wreaked havoc on the economy, with an estimated 22.2 million jobs lost since the pandemic began. Although the COVID-19 virus itself has...

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COVID-19 and Child Custody

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects are being felt throughout the family courts. In September 2020, a judge in a child custody case declined to grant custody to the child’s mother due to her refusal to wear a face mask. The child, a 14-year-old who suffers from asthma — an underlying condition known to increase the threat of developing complications of the virus — was deemed to be uniquely vulnerable and, as such, could be endangered by living with...

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Domestic Violence Is on the Rise During the COVID-19 Crisis

During normal times, individuals and families spend at least some part of their days away from each other, whether that is at work or at school. But during the COVID-19 crisis, restrictions on movement have forced families to hunker down in close proximity for extended periods of time. These types of living situations can be difficult and cause tempers to flare, particularly given the stress and anxiety surrounding the crisis. For some...

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COVID-19 and Divorce: Issues to Consider

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed radical changes in our society in an extremely short amount of time. With each passing day, anxiety grows about what the future may bring and what the “new normal” will look like. For many, the stresses of the pandemic, such as working from home, canceling long-held plans, and homeschooling children, have taken a deep emotional toll. Individuals who are going through family law issues face even deeper...

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Bankruptcy and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

The global coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, its disease, has presented the world with one its most significant challenges in decades, wreaking havoc on nearly every aspect of our lives. With most affected countries virtually on lockdown, it has taken a significant toll on the global economy. This economic disruption has cost millions their jobs, with the number job loss claims in the United States rising to the highest levels on record in...

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