Since mid-March, the courts in New York have been closed except for “essential” matters. Divorce was not deemed an essential matter. Beginning May 25, 2020, the courts in New York City and the other downstate counties (including Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester) will reopen. As a result, we will now be able to commence divorce and child custody cases electronically.
While it is uncertain as to when the courts will resume holding conferences, hearing motions, and conducting trials, this is a significant first step in restoring a functioning judicial system. We will now be able to protect our clients' economic and custodial rights, unfettered by the constraints imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
New actions can be filed electronically rather than in-person to ensure "the highest measure of health and safety to judges, court personnel and the public" according to a memorandum drafted by New York’s Chief Administrative Judge. It remains uncertain when the courts will physically reopen to the public and “normal” operations.
Now, more than ever, it is essential to have the right lawyer on your side. It is vital to retain an attorney who can navigate you through your divorce and family law issues. Please contact us so we can help you.