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WATCH: Best Lawyers Discusses COVID-19 & Family Law

Three legal experts join the CEO of Best Lawyers to talk about problems that arise for family law during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Panel: Family Law
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May 15, 2020 12:05 PM

Across the country, stay-at-home and social-distancing orders are still in full effect, amplifying spousal disputes and complicating existing family law cases. As a result, many questions remain up in the air: How will social distancing and joint custody work? How will child support payments be impacted due to loss of wages? What about filing for divorce during quarantine?

Phillip Greer, CEO of Best Lawyers, moderates a panel of three family law thought leaders to discuss challenges family law attorneys are working through with their clients.


Allen J. Scazafabo, Jr
Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perrett
Newark, NJ

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Family Law in the 26th Edition

Allen has 17 years of family law and litigation experience including complex civil matters requiring multiple experts and examination of expert witnesses. He has handled numerous complex matters involving disputes over the distribution and valuation of assets and custody disputes. Allen is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial law attorney and an R.1:40 mediator for post-Early Settlement Panel economic mediation. He has experience handling mediations for cases with a wide range of complexity.

Laura S. Hayes
Partner, Fox Rothschild
Dallas, TX

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Family Law since the 25th Edition

Laura's multi-state family law practice focuses on providing solution-oriented guidance for a range of divorce and family law issues, particularly prenuptial/postnuptial agreements, divorce, property division, and custody-related matters. Certified as a family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she offers pragmatic and nuanced counsel that meshes with her compassionate approach to guiding clients through emotionally draining circumstances. Clients trust her to help them resolve conflicts and provide sophisticated, sensitive advice on decisions that will affect their and their children's lives for years to come.

Randy J. Fuerst
Founder, Fuerst, Carrier & Ogden
Lake Charles, LA

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Family Law since the 13th Edition

Randy is a past chairman of the Family Courts Committee for the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association Family Courts Committee. He assisted in bringing a system of family courts to the State of Louisiana, which focuses on the needs of the families and children with the support and social services necessary to assist these children and families. He was appointed to chair the Supreme Court Committee on Unified Rules in an effort to promulgate a set of family court and juvenile rules, which would support the structure of the family court system, and also meet the unique needs of these families and children in crisis in family court.

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