Life During Wartime
You probably saw the title and thought “what is he writing about?” It could about the great Talking Heads song of the same name, but it’s not. It’s about living in circumstances that changed on a dime forcing most to work from home, and many to lose their livelihood.
It obviously isn’t the equivalent of really being a soldier at war, but for most of us it’s similar in that the … Read More
What If Family Law Court Hearings or Settlement Conferences Are Scheduled?
Question: There is a hearing, or other court appearance, scheduled in my family law case. Is the Arizona Family Law Court still open? Do I have to go to Court?
The status of the Court and pending family law cases continues to evolve rapidly, with updates from the presiding family law court judge, the Honorable Bruce Cohen, disseminated daily. While the Court remains open, effective Wednesday, … Read More
Both DOL and IRS Issue Guidelines for Employers
Government agencies are beginning to release information relative to how employers can be in compliance with the new Family First Coronavirus Act which is effective April 2, 2020. Below is guidance from both the Department of Labor as well as the IRS. We will continue to post relevant updated content on our COVID-19 page.
By April 9, 2020, employers must keep a notice of the requirements of the Act prepared by or … Read More
How is COVID-19 Impacting Pending Divorces in Arizona Family Law Courts
Question: I’m confined to my house due to the coronavirus. I still want complete my divorce. Is that possible?
The short answer is yes. However, it requires cooperation from both parties. If they can reach an agreement, the settlement documents can be submitted to the assigned judge who will sign same, thereby completing the divorce process. However, if there are outstanding issues … Read More
What if One Parent or Their Child Becomes Ill with COVID-19?
Question: If the other parent becomes ill with the COVID-19 virus, can I insist that his or her parenting time be suspended?
In our experience, asking for reasonable accommodations to protect the health of a child is usually more effective than demanding. Remember, if they have the virus their emotions and stress levels - and as a result their defenses - are heightened. You should kindly and calmly communicate … Read More
Seven Reasons Employers Should Not Lay Off Employees in Response to COVID-19
On March 19, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order to limit the operation of certain business, including bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Although many other businesses remain fully operational, they are suffering the economic impacts. This has led many employers to face challenging decisions, including whether to lay off their employees. … Read More
Modification of Child Support or Spouse Maintenance
Question: My income has changed significantly. Can I seek either a temporary or permanent modification of child support or spousal maintenance?
In order to be eligible for a downward modification of child support or spousal maintenance, a person must establish a change in circumstances that is both substantial and continuing. The burden is on the party requesting the modification to demonstrate this change. … Read More
Business Valuations and Divorce During Pandemic
Question: I am in the midst of my divorce and my business and/or professional practice is being valued. How, or, will the dramatic changes happening now be considered?
There has never been a more challenging time for a valuation expert to render a supportable opinion about the value of a business or professional practice. The standard that governs a judge’s decision about the date to be used in valuing a … Read More
Exercise Impacts the Rest of Your Life in a Positive Way
Exercise is so important. It’s not to sport a six pack of abs or Popeye like biceps, but to give your body something it needs. Exercise benefits your body and your brain.
To quote the Rolling Stones, “you gotta move.” When you are healthy, movement helps your body to be healthier (this is easy to Google and see why). Movement helps your body physically, but also mentally. In times of stress - … Read More
I-9 Flexibility for Employers Due to COVID-19
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has announced temporary flexibility related to Form I-9 requirements.
Employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to COVID-19 will not be required to review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s presence until normal operations resume. Employers, however, are required to inspect … Read More