Navigating Divorce During COVID-19

More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, the long-term toll of lockdown conditions is becoming clearer. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed people to their limits, forcing individuals to evaluate their personal lives and relationships. For many, this has meant divorce, or for those already separated, an increase in co-parenting tensions.

Divorce rates have not skyrocketed during the pandemic. Roadblocks in the legal divorce process during the pandemic are likely forcing couples to stay together and unable to dissolve their marriage. Co-parenting woes, spousal support payments, and backed-up courtrooms are just a few of the frustrations divorced couples are facing. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to navigate the divorce process and to ease the burden of COVID on your family.

Co-parenting During the Pandemic

Many have differing ideas of what it means to be safe during the pandemic. The same could be said for co-parenting. Parents that may have been on the same page before the massive effects of the pandemic took form. Many parents may have difficulty agreeing on what conditions are safe for their children. For some co-parents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines can be a great starting place for those struggling to come to an agreement.

Parenting schedules also look much different than they did pre-pandemic and will be for the foreseeable future. Be sure to factor in the changing schedules when creating co-parenting schedules. Parents that are able to work from home right now may not be able to do so in a year or two.

Financial Struggles

The unsteady financial climate that resulted from the pandemic has left many individuals struggling economically, or even finding themselves without jobs. Financial struggles can complicate divorce negotiations, making legal fees and child/support payments difficult to cover. Adjusting child/spousal support payments to meet current needs may be necessary. A family lawyer can assist in modifying support payments, working to create a plan that works for both individuals.

Courthouse Closures

For those seeking divorce or spousal/child support agreement modifications, courthouse closures can be incredibly frustrating. However, many courthouses nationwide have been able to offer zoom hearings to allow for cases to be heard without risking public safety. Now, the courts are opening back up but cases are still significantly backlogged.  Couples seeking divorce can also turn to mediation as an alternative to a court case, which is less formal and allows for negotiation outside of court. An experienced family law attorney can help individuals and couples seek the best form of resolution for their individual circumstances.

Reach Out to a Dedicated Divorce Attorney Today

Divorce negotiations are complicated enough without the added burden of COVID. An experienced family law attorney can help you navigate the complexities of divorce proceedings and child/spousal support negotiations so that you can focus on getting your life back to normal. Call the Capital Family Law Group today for a consultation to explore your options for moving forward.