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The New York State court system officially announced today that beginning on Monday, April 13, 2020, virtual courts will handle more than essential and emergency matters. This is great news for advancing cases along.
In a memo issued today the Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks said that judges should review their caseloads to see which court conferences can be helpful in advancing a case, including achieving a resolution.
Judges can also schedule conferences at the request of attorneys, and can be available during normal court hours to address discovery disputes and other ad hoc concerns.
And judges may decide fully submitted motions.
All conferences must be done by Skype or telephone.
There is no question about it: the court process is taxing, expensive and stressful. Sometimes parties try to punish each other by filing extraneous motions — or even appeals that drag out a case and shoot up the legal fees. You may be struggling to keep your head up, to stay strong, or see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Visualize the results you want and where you are trying to go as your new life comes together. Just keep taking small steps forward.
There is an old joke that is similar in sentiment: “Why is divorce so expensive? Because it’s worth it.”
Nothing runs up your legal fees in divorce faster than urgent phone calls and late night emails to your lawyer. Dialing your lawyer about custody or possible arrest is reasonable. But some things are not urgent: your blender is not an important part of your divorce (even if it is a “Vitamix”).