As it is every year, this September is the busiest month in divorce. Judges are returning from long summer vacations and the courts are packed with hearing dates that have been anxiously awaited for months. Decisions are issued and hearings are held (sometimes belatedly) on where children will be enrolled in school, often resulting in last-minute changes. Lawyers are returning to regular routines and from their own vacations.
September is also the single busiest month for individuals contemplating divorce to reach out to lawyers as their lives return to the rhythm of school and work. During the pandemic, there has been a backlog of cases that has built up, an increase in conflict level in many cases, and an increase in the difficulty of settling matters with less face-to-face contact and changes in the court procedures. All of this has resulted in a substantial increase in the amount of work that must be done in the family court.
As the leaves begin to change and we anticipate moving our clocks once more, we at Louden, Katz & McGrath are settling in for a very busy season of helping divorcing individuals resolve their difficulties through open lines of communication and a constructive approach to divorce wherever possible.
While we pride ourselves on our depth of litigation experience, staying ahead of potential problems and addressing them amicably is an important part of our commitment to doing all that we reasonably can to help our clients emerge positively from the divorce process.