Even in the best of times, divorce can be a stressful, emotional experience. Getting a divorce during a pandemic is an entirely different challenge.
In a matter of months, COVID-19 brought our lives to a screeching halt. In this blog post, we will look at things you can still do now for your divorce.
Divorce and a pandemic: What you can do
Given the current circumstances, individuals who are pursuing divorce can expect to experience delays with: filing a motion or petition, attending a hearing or trial, finalizing a divorce.
Yet there are things you can do:
- Speak with an attorney: Most attorneys can meet with you through a video platform. An experienced divorce attorney can gather information about your case and begin to make recommendations on how to proceed.
- Get your finances in order: Dividing assets can be difficult. If your finances have taken a hit because of the pandemic, you will need an attorney who can help you reach the best possible settlement.
- Use the time available to work through issues. If you and your spouse can work through issues on your own and reach agreement on some of the divorce terms, it likely will reduce the cost of your divorce.
- Parenting during COVID-19: Online learning is ongoing for most students. Co-parenting and co-teaching can be an enormous challenge. It is essential, however, to keep your child’s best interest in mind.
- Agree on social distancing. It is important that you and your spouse are on the same page regarding social distancing. If you cannot agree, contact your attorney for advice on how the need for social distancing can impact your living situation.
A divorce is challenging under these circumstances, but it’s not impossible. With an experienced attorney, you can regain control over your divorce and start planning for your future.