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CORONAVIRUS AND DIVORCE/FAMILY LAW MATTERS IN CNY 

Many may be aware by now that for the next three weeks, possibly longer, the NYS Court system, although still open, will only be hearing cases that are “deemed essential”.  It is currently still unclear as to what will qualify, however at this time the following matters still moves forward: 

Filing of Divorce Complaint Actions

Drafting and filing of Settlement Agreements

Filing of Orders to Show Cause for relief that is considered essential

Domestic Offense Matters 

If you are in need of assistance, please be aware that my office is still taking both in person and phone conference appointments in an effort to continue service to our clients.  (We have many long-distance clients and are set up for this work arrangement). 

The system is not going to be easy to navigate without an attorney in its current state. 

WHEN THE COURTS RESUME FULL ACTIVITY there is going to be significant backlog so you may not want to wait to begin work with an attorney at that time.

 

Balduf-divorce-lawyer-syracuseStacey O’Neill Balduf, Esq. a Syracuse Divorce Lawyer, wife and mother of a blended family herself, concentrates her practice specifically in divorce and family law.

Experienced, successful, comprehensive and affordable legal services for resolving your Family Law and Divorce Matters for over 25 years. Serving Syracuse, Oswego, Auburn and Wampsville Communities.  Consultations are free.

Stacey concentrates her practice solely in divorce and family law working with people who reside in Syracuse and Central New York as well as those out of state in:


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