How Will COVID-19 Impact Family Law?

How Will COVID-19 Impact Family Law?

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 13-Mar-2020

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has affected virtually every aspect of American’s lives. From school closures, to gym closures, to closed restaurants, to canceled events, to people losing their jobs, to people being ordered to work from home, to empty grocery store shelves, and everything in between, the pandemic has taken the world by storm.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).” Unlike many viruses, coronaviruses are “zoonotic,” which means they can be transmitted between animals and humans.

Common signs of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing

In more serious cases, COVID-19 can lead to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), pneumonia, kidney failure, and death. To prevent the spread of infection, WHO recommends that people wash their hands regularly with soap, cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid coming into close contact with anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and cooking eggs and meats thoroughly.

COVID-19 and Your Family Law Case

Many speculate that COVID-19 is going to have a significant impact on our economy and perhaps even the housing market. Whenever the economy takes a downturn, it can directly affect employment and foreclosures, both of which can impact family law cases. Here are some examples of how the coronavirus can affect family law cases:

  • If a parent loses their job, they can have difficulty paying child support.
  • Child support arrears can lead to the local child support agency using various child support enforcement measures, such as driver license suspension and bank account seizures.
  • If a custodial parent does not receive child support, they can have trouble paying their bills.
  • If a parent loses their job, their home can be foreclosed upon and they may have no place for their children to live.
  • If a couple experiences financial hardship due to unemployment or having to shut down a family business, it can lead to divorce.

If your family is negatively affected by COVID-19, especially if it has an impact on child support or custody, we urge you to contact R. Gregory Colvin, LLC at (407) 603-3460. If you need to ask the court for a modification, it’s best to be proactive and take prompt action.

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