The decision to end your marriage is never an easy one, but it seems as though more couples are coming to that conclusion during the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown and stay-at-home orders may prove too much togetherness for some couples who were already experiencing cracks in their relationships. As reported by the New York Post, calls to New York divorce attorneys have increased threefold during the pandemic. The same phenomenon was also experienced in China during the height of their epidemic cycle.
Why are Couples Divorcing During the Pandemic?
Many couples are working on strengthening their marriages and improving their relationships. Sometimes couples find ways to work around problems by simply ignoring them. This can be much easier when you can get out of the house and spend time away from each other. The problem with the pandemic is that it forces couples to stay at home in a confined space together. The close quarters for days and weeks on end can amplify issues between couples, especially those who are already having difficulties. In addition, there is no place to go to seek guidance since churches and therapist offices are closed.
The differences can prove to be too much for some people who are not able to get along with their spouses. The result can be a tense and exhausting daily routine that can be overwhelming emotionally for many people. With no way to resolve tension and the feeling that you are forced to stay at home with your mate can stretch a relationship to the breaking point. Many of these couples were heading for divorce anyway, but with no distractions, the process has sped up.
What are the Steps to a Divorce?
Once you decide to end your marriage, one party must begin the process by filing a request with the court. The party who files for divorce is the petitioner and the other party is called the respondent. The easiest option is an uncontested no-fault divorce, in which both people are in agreement that the marriage is irretrievably broken. While the law does not require you to retain an attorney for a divorce, it is usually a good idea to do so. Your attorney will work on your behalf through the process and will always protect your rights.
In Florida, your assets and property must be distributed in an equitable manner in a divorce. Generally, you are allowed to keep property that you owned before you got married. You may also retain assets that you acquired in an inheritance during the marriage. Your attorney will work to ensure that you keep the assets that are rightfully yours and will assist whenever any difficulties or disputes arise. Parents must complete a parenting class before the court will grant a divorce.
While divorce can be challenging at any time, it can be especially difficult during the pandemic. When you have decided to divorce, you need an attorney with experience to answer your questions and guide you through the process. Call Henderson Legal Group for a free initial consultation for all your legal needs.