We are pleased to announce that the local courts have resumed operations. We are now able to file new actions involving divorce, separation, custody, support, family offenses, and related matters. Court appearances will continue to be remote for the time being. Our office continues to accommodate clients who prefer to consult by electronic means, and strictly adheres to all social distancing guidelines. As always, you may feel free to contact our office to discuss your legal needs.
NEW FAMILY LAW MATTERS MAY NOW BE FILED IN ALL NEW YORK STATE COURTS. THIS INCLUDES DIVORCE, CUSTODY, AND SUPPORT CASES.
CONTACT OUR OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO DISCUSS STARTING A FAMILY LAW ACTION AT THIS TIME.
The New York State Unified Court System has announced the anticipated resumption of court operations. Starting May 18, 2020, certain upstate NY counties will see the return to courthouses, including some surrounding Erie County. It is anticipated that Erie and other close counties will soon follow suit.
The reopening will include Judges and staff returning to courthouses, along with the ability for new cases to be filed electronically, and the use of remote technology. Your legal matters may be able to be resolved without the need to personally appear in court. We will be seeing a “new normal”, which will include a number of other protective measures such as social distancing and the staggering of certain scheduled court appearances, to minimize courthouse traffic at any given time.
We are all relieved that the numbers of new Covid-19 cases is declining in New York State, as is the number of new hospitalizations and deaths. At least there is some encouraging news. It appears that Erie County Courts will be opening soon. Our office remains available for virtual and phone conferencing, including consultations for new matters. Feel free to contact us to discuss your legal needs at this time. Any new developments will be updated right here.
If you test positive for COVID-19, and have visited any State or Federal Courthouse in the prior 14 days, you are asked to notify the Court system immediately at 833-503-0447.
As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 28 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.
Alexandra M. Rockwood is a Senior Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates and has been with the firm since early 2020. She primarily practices in the areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, child custody, and child support. Alexandra is a practicing matrimonial and family law attorney as…