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COVID-19 UPDATE – NEW JERSEY FAMILY LAW – Does the ongoing global pandemic permit modifications to your alimony or child support obligations in New Jersey?

COVID-19 UPDATE – NEW JERSEY FAMILY LAW – Does the ongoing global pandemic permit modifications to your alimony or child support obligations in New Jersey?

Everyone in New Jersey has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic one way or another.  If you are divorced or divorcing, whether you are the recipient of alimony and/or child support or the payor, your pocket has most likely already felt the devasting economic impact of the coronavirus.  We have seen almost every industry in New Jersey adjust in an attempt to survive during this challenging time.  You may ask, am I expected to adjust?  Am I permitted? 

It is common during these trying economic times to have questions regarding your alimony or child support obligations and entitlements under New Jersey law due to the impact of COVID-19. For example, if you are ordered to pay alimony and child support, but recently lost your job, are you entitled to immediate relief?  Conversely, if you are the recipient of support and the payor lost his or her job, are you expected to forego your court ordered payments or reduce them?

Ordinarily, a Court application is necessary to obtain modification of responsibility and entitlement when there is a substantial change of financial circumstances.  However, alternativemechanisms are also available in New Jersey which often produce much more expeditious and less expensive form of relief without Court application, such as Binding Arbitration and Economic Mediation.  

The attorneys in the Family Law Department at Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski are here to answer all of your questions.  Their credentials are set forth on the Firm’s website,.   Each lawyer is skilled in being able to carefully guide you through the process. 

While the coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all, the answers to your questions are fact specific and can only apply on a case by case basis.  To learn what your options are do not hesitate to call (908)272-0200 or e-mail Mario C. Gurrieri, Esq. (, Kristin M. Capalbo, Esq. ( or Jennifer L. Young, Esq. ( for a free initial telephonic or virtual conference.

Four Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski attorneys honored as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2018

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is proud to announce that partners of the firm – Louis John Dughi, Jr. and Craig A. Domalewski – have been named by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in New Jersey for 2018.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

In addition, the firm is also proud to announce that Brandon D. Minde and Kristin M. Capalbo were named to the 2018 New Jersey Rising Stars list. Each year, this designation is given to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys recognized as the top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

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Whether you are thinking about getting divorced, going through a divorce, or already divorced, there is
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Mario C. Gurrieri, Esq., Chair of the Family Law Department of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., and his team of attorneys, Kristin M. Capalbo, Esq., Jennifer L. Young, Esq., and Kristin N. Badalamenti, Esq. will review the law, explain the legal process and answer your questions concerning prenuptial agreements, separation, divorce, custody and parenting time, division of assets, alimony, child support, domestic violence, post-divorce Court review of changed financial and child-related circumstances, and how the current economic climate, recent alimony and child support legislation and possible changes to the tax code will impact divorce and post-divorce matters. Information will also be provided on Divorce Mediation, an alternative to the traditional contested proceeding.


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