Although the courts have severely limited their role to matters that are either urgent or not contested, and many lawyers are unfortunately unavailable or working limited hours, the need for a payor to receive relief from paying spousal support or the need of a recipient to get spousal support in more pressing than ever. We are well suited to continue to serve you and respect the physical distancing that is needed to flatten the curve; instructions can be given through our secure messaging function and documents can easily be provided through our online portal, meetings can occur over the phone or through video conferencing, and in person signing can occur in our meeting room which easily allows for the recommended 2-meter distance.
For parties who already have an agreement or court order in place, a temporary job loss on account of the Coronavirus may mean that the current spousal support being paid is no longer appropriate and is causing financial hardship. We can assist you in coming to a temporary solution with an Interim COVID-19 Spousal Support Agreement which would temporarily override an existing agreement or court order. These agreements will give the relief and certainty both parties’ need to see them through these financially uncertain times, while giving them the security that their preexisting arrangement will resume once things go back to normal.
For parties who do not already have a spousal support order or agreement in place, we are now offering mediation services where the parties are cooperative and want to reach an effective and cost-efficient agreement with, or without, the involvement of another lawyer. For parties who require some advocacy to bridge the gap, we can continue to assist negotiating a settlement with the other lawyer through virtual 4-way meetings. For those parties for whom court may be the only solution, we can continue to compile and prepare the necessary documentation to ensure your file is ready to proceed the moment the court’s doors reopen.
For more information on spousal support matters refer to our blog page.
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