Now, court operations during a Covid-19 world have litigants, attorneys, and the Judge appearing on a computer screen via Zoom, Skype or some type video conferencing for all court proceedings. The legal profession is debating the merits of litigants and attorneys appearing virtually. In the "old days," before Covid-19 was circling the globe, everything was done in person; the litigants and the attorneys had to dress appropriately, travel to Court, interact while waiting to be heard, stand in front of a judge and everyone involved got to meet, face to face, all of the players.
New Jersey law makes businesses owned by a spouse subject to potential claim and division in a divorce case. Part of the process involves fixing a present value to the business interest. Covid-19 will most likely impact the valuation of your family-owned business during your divorce proceedings.
The New Jersey Court system has reacted quickly to the Covid-19 crisis, issuing directives and Orders designed to keep the Courts open during these difficult times.
The Supreme Court in the state of Delaware has issued a directive clarifying that current governmental restrictions on working, traveling or social interaction do not apply to existing Court Orders or agreements concerning custody or parenting time. Leaders in New Jersey are reviewing the Delaware action and considering the issuance of a similar clarifying directive.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are trying to navigate caring for and schooling children who are out of school for the indefinite future while balancing work-from-home or unemployment. For those parents who are divorced or separated, these circumstances have also raised questions about what to do with custody and parenting time orders. With directives from the Governor to stay home and new responsibilities for children at home, what happens to the parenting time schedule?