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:
- 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
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
- 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
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.