Category: Coronavirus

Looking Ahead to Summer 2020 and Covid-19’s Impact on Summer Vacations

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Senior Associate- Marissa Del Mauro

Written by Marissa Del Mauro

With Memorial Day just around the corner, a weekend that has long been hailed as the unofficial start to summer, we are now looking ahead to how this Summer 2020 will be unlike one neither we nor our children have ever experienced. With some parks and golf courses now open, and with hopefully a path to reopening of the Jersey Shore, how do we navigate this in the wake of the standard two weeks of summer vacation each parent gets with their children each summer? And what happens for those who have already booked domestic or international trips for the summer?

It is important, first and foremost, to place your child’s best interests at the forefront. That may mean, for Summer 2020, to reschedule domestic and international travel, and to stay up-to-date on all travel advisories.

According to Travel and Leisure, some major airlines have instituted required face mask policies, instituted social distancing by limiting the number of passengers on flights, and some major hotel chains have touted their new hygienic protocol and innovated a new check-in experience[1].

When faced with any disagreement on travel destinations, dates of travel and the summer parenting schedule during this upcoming and unprecedented summer, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable attorney to help guide you to a fair, reasonable and expeditious resolution of this matter that ultimately protects your children.

For more information regarding the effects of Covid-19 on summer vacations and parenting time in New Jersey contact the Law Office of Lyons & Associates, P.C. At the law office of Lyons & Associates, our team represents parents throughout New Jersey. We place a premium on personalized service and attention. For a private consultation, contact us by e-mail, visit our website, or call our office at 908-575-9777.

[1] Eric Rosen, Here’s What Summer Travel May Actually Look Like, According to Experts, Travel and Leisure (May 13, 2020),

Life During COVID-19: The Importance of Designating a Power of Attorney

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Protect your credit after your divorce

Written by Joanna R. Adu, Esq.

In Part III of our Life During COVID-19 series we will discuss the purpose of having a General Durable Power of Attorney and why it is so important that you (yes, you reading this right now) have one as part of your estate plan.

Circumstances like the current COVID-19/ Coronavirus pandemic are stark reminders of how critical and beneficial it is to have your estate plan in place should you suddenly become ill and incapacitated. Thus far in this crisis, the world has unfortunately witnessed thousands of people become ill with the Coronavirus to the extent that they quickly require hospitalization. Unfortunately, in circumstances like these, the rest of your life does not automatically stop because you have become ill. This is why it is extremely important to designate the person who can address all other areas of your life, which may include working with your mortgage lender or landlord, utility companies, credit card companies, banks, etc., when you are unable to do so.

A General Durable Power of Attorney is the document in which you name the person(s) authorized to essentially step into your shoes and act on your behalf with regard to the matters, and under the circumstances, outlined in that document. The designated person is commonly referred to as an agent or attorney-in-fact. The authority bestowed within your power of attorney may include authority to pay your bills, have access to your financial accounts, manage real property, run your business, receive income or other payments, and/or institute litigation, among a variety of other authorities and powers that should be tailored to your circumstances.

Because a power of attorney provides another person with a significant amount of authority to act on your behalf, choosing the right person is critical. The selected person, or persons, should be someone that you trust, is responsible, diligent, and detail-oriented, among a variety of other qualities that may be particularly important to you.

In creating your General Durable Power of Attorney, you may decide to have the power of attorney become effective immediately upon its execution; or, you may decide to have what is known as a “Springing” power of attorney. A springing power of attorney does not “spring” into effect until the specified number of health care professionals has found you to be incapacitated such that you are unable to handle your own affairs. There are pros and cons associated with each type of power of attorney and as such, it is important to review all considerations based on your circumstances with an experienced attorney.

The skilled and knowledgeable Bridgewater family law attorneys at Lyons & Associates, P.C. have extensive estate planning experience in addressing this particular issue. We invite you to contact us online or give us a call at our office at 908-575-9777 to schedule an appointment today. For your convenience we offer telephone consultations which allow you to speak with an experienced attorney about your estate planning needs from the comfort and security of your home.

Managing Shared Custody in a Quarantined World | Opinion

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Managing Shared Custody in a Quarantined World | Opinion

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges within divorced and separated families. For parents who live in different homes, the issue of whether children should be going back and forth between parents is a very challenging decision. Family law is complicated, and these choices are not easy to make. There are many factors involved in child custody decisions and the current pandemic does not make things any easier. Written by Theresa Lyons of Lyons & Associates, P.C., this article discusses how to manage shared custody during uncertain times and factors to consider during the ongoing quarantine. Our attorneys realize the difficulties involved in child custody cases and are here to help with any problems that arise. Contact a dedicated child custody lawyer today by calling 908-575-9777 or contact us online for a free consultation.

How Will the Coronavirus Affect My Divorce?

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How Will the Coronavirus Affect My Divorce?

Divorce can be a stressful process, and for couples currently engaged in divorce proceedings, things may be getting even more stressful. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is wreaking havoc on the stock market. As the worldwide crisis continues to plague countries around the globe, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 fluctuations are causing many people panic as they watch their 401k plans and stock investments plunge.

For couples negotiating the distribution of assets in their divorce settlements, the value of their assets may have been significantly affected by the impact of the Coronavirus on the global market. Re-evaluation of these assets may be necessary before a final settlement can be determined.

Equitable Distribution of Assets During the Current Pandemic

For couples that are currently negotiating the equitable distribution of their marital assets, the impact of the coronavirus may force delays. No one knows what the final impact will be on assets, such as 401k funds, stock investments, and retirement plans. How can couples proceed with equitable distribution with so many unknown factors right now?

The most logical advice for most divorcing couples would be to wait out the current crisis and see just how far the impact will spread. For those in an amicable divorce, this may be the best solution, but for those in divorce proceedings already filled with angst and volatility, a delay in divorce proceedings may seem insurmountable.

Divorce lawyers around the globe may be moving through unchartered territory with the current pandemic, but not with working in an unstable market. There were divorce proceedings and equitable distribution concerns during the market crash in 2008 with many lessons learned during that unstable economy. Divorce attorneys with experience from that financial crisis are lending their knowledge to those new to the game.

Listening to the advice of an experienced and knowledgeable divorce lawyer is in the best interest of all couples currently going through divorce

proceedings. What most investors would tell anyone at this time is that panic will not change the outcome of any situation. At a time like the present, the best strategy is to work collaboratively and patiently with all involved in the divorce proceedings.

Unprecedented Concerns in Divorce Proceedings

Financial concerns are not the only issue divorcing couples are facing. Unprecedented concerns are rising quickly, forcing panicked spouses and parents to seek answers to tricky questions. The most common concerns surfacing among divorcing couples include:

  • Quarantines and how they may affect court dates and appearances
  • Court shutdowns forcing delays of divorce proceedings
  • Quarantine of parents that share joint custody
  • Adjustments to child support payments considering reduced income/work schedules
  • Co-parenting issues with school closures
  • Differences between parents on how to protect their children from exposure

As divorcing couples and divorce lawyers try to continue with business as usual, delays are to be expected. With patience and perseverance, divorcing couples can ensure the best possible outcome in their divorce settlement.

Morristown Divorce Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Offer Counsel and Support for Divorcing Couples During the Coronavirus Pandemic

If you are experiencing concerns about your divorce proceedings in the current Coronavirus pandemic, contact the Morristown divorce lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Call us at 908-575-9777 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Located in Somerville and Morristown, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Somerset, Woodbridge, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains.

Coronavirus May Be Challenging to Split Families in a Quarantined World

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Coronavirus May Be Challenging to Split Families in a Quarantined World

Conflicts between separated parents occur frequently and will be heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember to put your children first, make proper accommodations and be reasonable with each other. These are tough times, but the key is to stay upbeat and contact a family law lawyer for credible advice. For more tips and co-parenting assistance, read this article featuring Theresa Lyons of Lyons & Associates, P.C. For a free consultation, call us at 908-575-9777 or contact us online.

Conflicts between separated parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Conflicts between separated parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Conflicts between separated parents occur frequently and will be heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember to put your children first, make proper accommodations and be reasonable with each other. These are tough times for many people but the key is to stay upbeat and contact a family lawyer for credible advice. For more tips and co-parenting assistance, read this article featuring Theresa Lyons of Lyons & Associates, P.C. For a free case consultation, call 908-271-8998 to speak to a skilled child custody lawyer.