Law Office of Jeffrey D. Stearman, Esq.

Dealing With Divorce During The COVID-19 Crisis

Are you thinking about divorce in Orange County? Are you having issues exercising your current parenting plan? Did you lose your job and are unable to pay spousal or child support? If you are dealing with these or any other family law related matters, our office is here to assist you. Some important facts for you to be aware of during the COVID-19 crisis are:

Can I Get Divorced During the COVID-19 Crisis?

The simply response is YES. If you are ready to get divorced, there is no reason to delay because of COVID-19. You can still do everything now in the divorce process despite the COVID-19 crisis. In California, there is six-month required waiting period from time of serving the divorce Petition to time of terminating the marriage, so there is no reason to wait. Attorney Stearman is able to meet with your virtually from the safety and comfort of your own home, or can meet personally with you in-person in one of our safe conference rooms at our office. So there is no need to delay.

Are The Family Law Courts In Orange County Currently Open?

The Orange County Family Law Courts are now open; however they are still operating with a limited capacity. Most, if not all hearings in most cases, are being heard virtually, utilizing either Zoom, WebEx, or Microsoft Teams. Our office is working remotely but can now meet with clients in the safety and comfort of our conference rooms.

What If I Have Spousal Support Or Child Support Issues Due To The COVID-19 Crisis?

Did you lose your job or business due to COVID-19? If you are experiencing trouble meeting your child or spousal support obligations due to COVID-19, do not delay in taking steps to rectify the situation. The support obligation will continue unless you take immediate steps to modify the support order. Failing to pay court-ordered support can lead to contempt charges being filed against you. In contacting the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Stearman, we can prepare the necessary paperwork and file a Request for Order (RFO) on your behalf with the court to obtain a court date for hearing for modification of your current support order based upon the change in circumstance caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

How Do I handle Child Custody/Visitation Issues During The COVID-19 Crisis?

Has the COVID-19 crisis caused issues with you exercising and/or complying with your current custody and/or visitation orders? Or do you need to establish initial orders when none currently exist? It is ill-advised to attempt to take matters into your own hands by violating a current court order. Contact the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Stearman as soon as possible and we can prepare the necessary paperwork and file a Request for Order (RFO) on your behalf to attempt to either modify the current orders or establish new orders.

Our Office Is Fully Operational At This Time

Attorney Stearman continues to operate virtually at this time, as he has done during the entire COVID-19 crisis, enabling him to continue to assist clients in their legal needs by way of video conference via Zoom. He is also now able to meet with clients in-person in the safety of his office conference room. So if you have a family law issue or want to start the divorce process, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Stearman at (714) 871-7778 or he can be reached by email at [email protected].