Navigating Divorce During Quarantine
June 29, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed some couples to their limits. Those who are contemplating divorce, have filed for divorce, or who have been served with divorce papers may be wondering how quarantine will affect their case. Like so many other things related to the virus, nothing is predictable and everything changes by the minute.
One thing you can depend on is that the family law attorney, E. Noreen Banks-Ware in Lithonia, Georgia has the expertise and drive to represent her clients throughout any situation. E.N. Banks-Ware Law Firm LLC proudly serves clients in Lithonia, Decatur, Conyers, Covington, McDonough, and Lawrenceville.
Working Through the Divorce Process Remotely
Although offices may be limited in face-to-face interactions, work is still being done via phone, email, and video conferencing. In fact, much of the divorce process is conducive to this mode of interaction. Often, the time involved in the divorce process is spent waiting for the other side to respond. Therefore, starting the process during quarantine is ideal.
The court systems in different counties are handling the work of the court in varying ways and those methods are constantly fluctuating depending on the current situation. However, Noreen Banks-Ware and her staff have been remotely filing documents with the courts for several years now so they are well-versed on e-filing and electronically responding to motions.
While e-filing has allowed the divorce process to continue, what can be difficult is getting a court date scheduled. Judges have been focused on awarding court dates only in emergency situations such as orders of protection or child custody. Generally, issues that result from people experiencing layoffs or reductions in pay are not viewed by the court as an emergency unless it affects the well-being of one of the parties or a child.
Where feasible, some court proceedings are being conducted via video conferencing.
Major Life Changes Affect Pandemic Divorce
Quarantine and other pandemic-related restrictions have drastically altered the lives of many families...people have lost their jobs, investments have taken a hit, remote learning has caused schedule issues for parents, and people may be suffering from health issues. All of these factors can cause fear, stress, and frustration which can have a negative effect on relationships.
In fact, reports both here and abroad are reporting increased divorce inquiries. The New York Post reported that divorce inquiries among top New York City matrimonial lawyers rose 50 percent during the first week of the “pause” order in New York which is double the calls they typically receive. This seems to be consistent with the information coming out of several states.
Additionally, people are wanting to change child custody orders and inquire about alimony and support payments in light of job loss and schools being closed.
All of these services are still available during this time and will continue to be so regardless of the ever-changing situation necessitating stay-at-home orders and social distancing.
A Family Law Attorney Can Help
While going through a divorce during this pandemic may change some aspects of the process, it certainly won’t prevent it. Filing paperwork, negotiations, and responding to motions are easily done through electronic means, phone conversations, and even video-conferencing.
Going through a divorce is always an emotional and stressful process, perhaps even more so during this unprecedented time. At E.N. Banks-Ware Law Firm LLC, clients will get the compassionate guidance and assistance they need to navigate their case. Attorney Noreen Banks-Ware will fight diligently to help you obtain the positive outcome you desire. Contact her today for a consultation and take the first step towards your new future. Proudly serving clients in Lithonia, Georgia, and surrounding communities.