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Family Court case backlog growing during COVID-19 crisis

April 21, 2020

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Beefed-up unemployment benefits that the US government is doling out in the coronavirus crisis are so generous they’re encouraging many recipients to stay home from

The social and economic disruptions due to the novel coronavirus pandemic are bringing unprecedented challenges to the legal system, including the courts that consider child custody and child support issues among parents who are separated or divorced.

The social restrictions and economic shutdowns since mid-March — and now expected to continue into at least mid-May — mean a parent who is paying child support may have lost their job, and stay-at-home orders may interfere with joint child custody arrangements.

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