By: Bruce Friedman
In these trying times, we want you and your families to remain as safe as is possible. We place the health and well-being of our clients and staff as our top priority, and we are taking all necessary precautions as advised by the authorities and medical experts.
The courts are limiting operations to essential functions. Most hearings and non-essential court dates (such as settlement conferences) are being postponed until people can safely go to court, or the courts are having brief conferences via teleconference with attorneys. Courts are still accepting filings on new cases, and judgments by consent to finalize pending cases.
For the near future, family law orders may be difficult to obtain unless there is an emergency or other exceptional circumstance. When the courts resume normal operations, we will likely see a massive backlog of work which may result in longer delays than either we (or our clients) may prefer.
Matters involving special masters, arbitrators, and mediators may go forward by video or telephone conferences per agreement of the parties and counsel. The same is true of settlement discussions and discovery that can be conducted without the necessity of a court appearance.