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Cooperation is Key in Time of Uncertainty
It feels like the world has shut down, and we don’t know what will come next. If you are in the midst of a family transition, like divorce, the situation may feel even more uncertain. Sheltering in place at home may not feel like shelter. Custody exchanges that once were amicable, now may be contentious and fraught with fear of transmission of a deadly virus. Children are scared, as well as parents. If you are receiving and/or paying support, you may be wondering what will happen if you are furloughed or lose a job. So how do your concerns get answered.? There is much information circulating and it should be read with care. With respect to your questions and your matters the answer may be … It depends. Let’s discuss further…
Should I file for Divorce now?
Beth and John live together in the same house, but for the past six months have been sleeping in separate bedrooms. They don’t eat meals together and speak only when necessary. She has been wanting to file for divorce but was waiting until their son graduated from high school this June. Now their son’s school is closed, and graduation may be cancelled. She doesn’t think she can continue another day in her situation.
Is this you? Have you been unhappy in your marriage, and considering filing for divorce? Is now the best time to file that Divorce Complaint? Perhaps not. The world is changing daily and we don’t know what tomorrow may bring. At a time of uncertainty, stability is important. Do you know how much you depend upon the institution of marriage for emotional support? However, if your marriage is beyond saving, if sheltering at home is not feeling like a safe harbor, and if the time has shown beyond any shadow of doubt that you want out, then perhaps now is the time to file. The date that a complaint is filed triggers many legal things, that will affect a divorcing couple, and could be to the advantage of the filer. For example, the filing date begins the tolling period for when a final divorce can issue, it begins the unassailable date of separation, which is important for determining things like division of assets, and it can begin the right to receive spousal support.
So, what to do now should include a careful weighing of the situation, a discussion between client and attorney, and a prudent review of the most recent investment and retirement fund statements.
I Filed for Divorce and Everything is “on Hold”…. What should I do?
The Courts in almost every jurisdiction are closed for everything except Emergency Proceedings. No matter how much your divorce may feel like an emergency to you, it is not.