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What to Do If You Must File for Divorce During the Pandemic

Many people put various details of their lives on hold because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The economic challenges and stay home orders meant that some aspects of life were pushed low on the priority list. Do you have any personal needs that were “paused” because of the pandemic?

As we move forward with the new normal, certain proceedings are continuing to move forward. Even though life has changed because of the virus, various concerns still need to be addressed – such as divorce proceedings. If you’ve been thinking about divorce, then you might be wondering if now is the right time to file the paperwork. This process can be complex, even without a pandemic.

Tips for Filing Divorce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Timing is of the essence when it comes to divorce filings and other legal proceedings. If you’ve decided that now is the right time to move forward, then here are a few tips to help you navigate the situation, despite the current pandemic:

· Safety is Priority: One reason to move forward with the divorce as soon as possible is if you or your children are victims of physical abuse or domestic violence. Despite the pandemic, there are resources to help you move to a safer environment right away. Attorneys and other support teams are using precautions to provide available services while maintaining social distancing as much as possible.

· Living Arrangements: One person in the marriage will need to move to another location, which is an important detail that should be considered as you are moving forward with the divorce. Even though the pandemic creates unique problems when house-hunting, you can still find available rentals and homes for sale.

· Finances: The economic instability of this pandemic might have affected your family finances due to job loss or reduced hours at work. Make sure you look through the numbers to determine the best way to move forward. For example, if you suspect that you or your spouse might be experiencing increased job concerns in the future, then it might be best to part ways as soon as possible.

Reports from China show a surge in divorce filings after the government lifted the lockdown. It’s no surprise that the stay at home orders might exacerbate problems in a relationship. These trends could be an indication of an increased divorce rate here in the United States as well. If you need legal support, then call our team at Miles & Hatcher, LLP as soon as possible: (909) 481-4080.

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