Limited Matters the New York Family Court will Address in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Unless you have a pending matter in the Courts, you may not know that the Courts are not fully open for business. There are only limited emergency matters the Courts will address during the current COVID-19 lockdown. Although divorce is not one of them, you can negotiate a stipulation of settlement and related agreements in preparation for filing an uncontested divorce. Here are the limited issues that the Family Court continues to address:

As of April 9, 2020, the New York City Family Court is running five “virtual” courtrooms presided over by Family Court judges. These Courts are only addressing the following essential/emergency matters:

  • child protection intake cases involving remand applications
  • newly filed juvenile delinquency intake cases involving remand applications and modifications of such orders
  • family offense petitions requesting temporary orders of protection
  • The court is reviewing on submission orders to show cause requesting emergency relief, and stipulations.

If you are considering whether you have an essential emergency matter which can be brought to the Family Court or want to begin drafting the documents you intend to file, contact Diana Mohyi Attorney at Law for reliable counsel.

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