Eight Cordell & Cordell divorce attorneys were recently recognized as Maryland Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding attorneys.
Cordell & Cordell Regional Managing Attorney Erin King was interviewed by The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, Ten., discussing the rise of divorce filings in Shelby County and how the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a part in the increase.
Ms. King highlighted how the pandemic may have added stress to marriages that already had existing issues.
“I don’t think COVID caused some of these problems that we’re seeing in clients,” Ms. King said. “I do think it has been a tipping point for many.”
She also emphasized the need to readdress financial obligations like spousal and child support amid the furloughs and other economic impacts of the pandemic.
“As parties have lost their jobs, or seen a reduction in child support income, it’s become necessary to address those types of things,” Ms. King said.
Click to read about the increase in divorce filings in Shelby County, Ten.
With or without a global pandemic, a parent or ex-spouse forced to pay spousal or child support outside of their means is not living financially sustainably. With such a high financial burden often placed on the husband and father, they are left looking for solutions over time.
Modification of spousal and child support does not mean that you no longer love your children or want to financially assist your ex-spouse in their recovery.
It means that your ex-spouse’s circumstances may have changed and now they are receiving financial assistance elsewhere. It means that the burden may be so substantial that you cannot be an effective parent living in poverty. It means that your children may have grown up and no longer require the financial support that they once did.
Pursuing modification is a step in financial responsibility in a post-divorce life. It should not be a stigmatized event that devalues the financial obligations toward an ex-spouse or children, but rather an event with goals and a realistic financial outlook in mind.[Read more…]
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, family courts around the country have found inventive ways of implementing technology, in order to host hearings for families in desperate situations.
Pandemics complicate divorce, child custody, child support, and spousal support situations, but as the courts begin to open up with strict health and safety guidelines and continue to host video conferenced hearings, men and fathers have been experiencing positive results.
Cordell & Cordell’s Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 and divorce highlighted these success stories and offered tips and strategies for those facing similar situations.[Read more…]