Without a question, getting a divorce is a long and grueling process. However, it’s even worse during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has made things a little more complicated, to say the least. You’re ready to reach a final resolution on your divorce. The situation faces a higher difficulty and complication if you’re in-shelter with the spouse you’re divorcing.
Pay attention to your current state regulations
Depending on your state’s current laws in response to COVID-19, there may have been a halting or rescheduling of court proceedings. This is not just a limitation of divorce proceedings. Communication with your attorney and paying attention to your state’s news should provide an idea of where divorce hearings stand. Many states are now under stay-at-home orders. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean your divorce hearings can’t proceed. Some states are offering court hearings via phone or video conferencing. This is something your attorney will help you determine if that’s a possibility.
Find personal space at home or move out
If you and your spouse are still living together, you’re going to need to agree on personal space. Both of you will be taking calls with your respective attorneys, gathering documents, and processing on your own time. Unfortunately, we understand that some of you are divorcing an abusive partner or other serious problems. Sometimes the best decision you can make is moving out, and you can certainly do that during COVID-19. Just make sure you discuss your plans with your attorney so that they can ensure you’re still entitled to your assets.
Communicate regularly with your attorney
If you’re still looking for an attorney, make sure you know what to look for in a divorce attorney. In these uncertain times, it’s crucial your lawyer has excellent communication skills and plenty of availability. Keep up with regularly scheduled calls with your lawyer. They’ll be able to provide status updates on divorce proceedings and if your local courts are even open. Many attorneys are working remotely and are looking for alternatives to continue proceedings. However, available options will vary by state.
We can’t deny that we’re in unusual and uncertain times, but your attorney will be able to help you through the process. Getting a divorce is stressful enough as it is. Additionally, getting a divorce during a public health pandemic adds another layer of stress. Do your best to stay active and healthy during this day-to-day process.
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