How Will COVID-19 Impact My Divorce?
Divorces are often complicated and stressful. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic adds another element of stress in the divorce process. With divorce rates peaking in mid-March, family law courts were already seeing an influx in cases before the COVID-19 crisis. Now, divorcing spouses are continuing to live together in their marital home, some with children that are out of school.
Why are Couples Continuing to Stay in the Marital Home?
Many divorcing couples continue to stay in the marital home during quarantine to maintain their finances and keep the family unit together. Most soon-to-be ex-couples cannot afford to pay for two households as their divorce is on hold in the courts, especially with employees being furloughed or losing their jobs. Grave financial woes are forcing all couples to remain in the same household, whether they are amicable or not.
In many households, divorcing couples are co-parenting in the same home under shutdown orders. Instead of having one spouse take the children for the entirety of the lockdown, both parents are deciding to cohabitate in one house to keep the family together. Many couples also believe one house is safer during the pandemic than the other. The fear of putting their children at risk is causing parents to be more open to staying in one household. Additionally, with children staying at home, this adds even more stress for parents.
Adapting to the Pandemic
In most cases, divorcing spouses are continuing to stay in the marital home for financial benefits and to co-parent their children. When the pandemic first hit, child support, child custody, and divorce issues caused concerned parents to continually contact their lawyers with valid questions. Should children stay with one parent during the entire pandemic? How can divorces be settled during this time? Some law firms around the United States now offer video and phone conferences to appease their clientele and adapt to the new crisis.
In many cases, divorcing couples already signed marital agreements before the pandemic began. Now, COVID-19 has delayed settlements in the courts and divorcing couples are re-thinking their prior marital agreements. Stock holdings, investments, joint accounts, and even retirement accounts are being severely impacted, which changes on how lawyers and their clients are viewing divorce. Eager clients throughout the United States are continually contacting their lawyers to push the divorce process.
Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer During the Pandemic?
Lawyers are adapting to quarantine and social distancing orders by holding video and phone conferences for questions and mediation meetings. With many divorcing spouses having to readjust divorce agreements due to financial losses, lawyers are essential. Divorces are life-changing, and an experienced divorce lawyer will take on your case with confidence and collaborate with you during this time to ensure your divorce goes as smoothly as possible when it is conceivable.
South Jersey Divorce Lawyers at Burnham Douglass Help Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Divorce is complicated, and now COVID-19 has affected the difficult process even more. Our South Jersey divorce lawyers at Burnham Douglass are here to help you during this time and will answer all your concerns through a safe, virtual conference. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 856-751-5505. Located in Marlton and Northfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, Atlantic County, Gloucester County, and Mercer County.