At Bookspan Family Law, LLC we meet many of you at a vulnerable time in your lives. Our goal is to help you through life transitions and ease your way to a better future. Foremost in our minds now is the health and well-being of you —our clients, our friends and colleagues. I am continuously reviewing and assessing the recommendations and requirements of applicable state, local and federal authorities, as well as the World Health Organization and the CDC, to implement necessary precautions and protective steps. As we face the coronavirus global pandemic together, I want to assure you that we are continuing to work for you.
A note about financial obligations such as child and spousal support and alimony…
If you have lost your job, and or been temporarily laid off, it may affect your support payment (obligation and or receipt). In Pennsylvania, parties who either pay or receive support have a statutory obligation to report to Domestic Relations a change in financial circumstances As we have not faced before anything like coronavirus and the interruptions in work and financial security it may bring, we may be in uncharted waters. However, if you are laid off for a significant period of time, or lose you job, this is a change in circumstance that should be reported. Alimony payments also may be affected. Depending upon how alimony was provided for in your property settlement agreement, it could be impacted by a recent financial change. Please let us know if this is the case, and we will evaluate any next steps with you. For further discussion on financial security and cCvid-19, and a financial webinar, see more information below.
Delaware County, PA Domestic Relations temporarily changes procedure for Support Hearings
We will be handling some usual matters a bit differently as mandated by local courts, and Governor Wolf. Delaware County Domestic Relations hearings will be held telephonically only. Clients are required to be present and on the phone. We will ask you to come to our office for the hearing, and we will meet with the Master by phone. If you are feeling sick or have any concerns about going out, please let us know in advance, and we will request a continuance of the hearing. We have not yet received instructions from the other Counties on how hearings will be held/or postponed, but rest assured we will be in touch as soon as we have additional information.
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To Our Trusted Clients…
During these uncertain times, we remain available to provide guidance and counsel. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. We are here to provide advice and counsel as the situation evolves, and to the extent you, and your family become impacted.
In the event office closure is recommended or mandated by the authorities due to an escalation of current conditions, we have contingency plans in place. These include working remotely and leveraging our teleconferencing and video collaboration capabilities wherever we can. With these technologies, we are able to provide, uninterrupted, the same excellent client service that you have come to expect from BFL.
We hope that you and your loved ones stay well, and we are here when you need us.
Phyllis and Brandi