Yesterday afternoon the news announced that the Bergen County Courts would not be hearing any family court cases. To the best of my knowledge, there seems to be a dispute among legislators and/or judges regarding family court cases.
I imagine it must have something to do with the volume of cases that clog up the dockets. The bottom line is that the courts cannot handle the number of cases that are scheduled for the judges to hear on a daily basis.
New Jersey has been good about promoting the alternative of mediation to resolve family court cases and tries very hard to encourage parties to attempt to mediate their dispute because they know the truth. The courts just cannot handle the volume.
Whether this is the reason or not. You do not have time to wait for legislators and judges to iron out their dockets and/or political agendas. You need to live your life. Many people in Bergen County must be worried because they may need divorce decrees and or temporary restraining orders at this time which, at least for now, seem to be inaccessible to them.
This is very dangerous, especially for someone that needs a divorce or restraining order because they are involved in an abusive relationship.
If anyone in Bergen County would like to comment, please do. If you need help Trust Mediation is at your service, even if we are located in Essex County.