We at CMDR strive to keep you informed of ways that we can help as we emerge and slowly try to get to a “New Normal.” Over the course of the last three months, there have been several announcements by our firm about our practices, as well as how the Massachusetts Governor’s office and court system has been trying to assist residents through a difficult time. Here we list all the continuing relevant information.
Separation and divorce carries many challenges that parents need to face individually and jointly. They need to establish two functioning households, they need to finance these households, they need to agree on schedules for being with their children—all undertaken when tensions and anxieties are at heightened levels. Despite the hurdles already surmounted by couples living apart and parenting their children, nothing compares to the pandemic currently upending the very norms and rules to which we are accustomed. Now is the time that we need to carve out a different space that allows children and families to be safe and well in uncertain and hazardous times. Read more here.
We hope this listing provides a reminder of some of the existing relief packages and the impetus to check back with us so that you stay informed of new benefits as they unfold. This listing is presented for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice.
CMDR’S Lynne Halem spoke with WBZ’s Karyn Regal about this unprecedented time and letting go of “my time” in co-parenting and handling all the “what ifs.”
For divorcing parents with children under 18, due to COVID-19, Massachusetts Probate and Family Court is suspending the requirement for in-person attendance at Parent Education courses and permitting online participation via web video conferencing or visual attendance at approved course.
To learn more about Massachusetts’ reopening plan, Covid-19 response, and to access hotlines and helplines, click here.
Legislation will allow notaries to use videoconferencing to perform notarial acts during the Covid-19 shutdown (e.g., court financial forms, etc.)
Couples entering mediation during Covid-19 bring with them many unknowns, but the objective of fairly and rationally dealing with the business buyout in irrational times is particularly challenging. On the positive side, mediation offers an opportunity for the kind of problem solving that rarely occurs when each party’s advocate is fighting for the best deal for his/her client. Here, in a confidential setting, the couple is encouraged and helped to think beyond the normal buy out deals. Both parties need to think of the best and worse case scenarios.
Courts are offering the chance to line up for remote no-fault divorce hearings. Scheduling is at the discretion of the county. Remote court services are available, click here.
Given Covid-19 and the changing environment, some life insurance companies have stopped issuing long-term flat premium policies for 20 or 30 years. Some are limiting the insurance term to 15 years with more stringent underwriting policies. We can also expect higher premiums on new policies since low interest rates, more deaths and increased number of claims are affecting the bottom line of the insurance companies.