COVID-19 Divorce

COVID-19 Divorce: Will This Be the Newest Social Trend?

Many working couples spend a large part of their day away from home and each other, yet their marriage works just fine. During the coronavirus pandemic, however, spouses were forced to see each other 24/7. In some cases, people had little interaction with the outside world. When faced with isolation and fear, some couples grow stronger while others watch as cracks in their relationship seem to grow each day. As we recover from the recent public health emergency, will COVID-19 divorce become more common?

What We Are Currently Seeing

Couples with strong marriages and good coping techniques may weather the storm. However, relationships already strained by common issues may reach the breaking point after three months of being cooped up with spouses, children, pets, and perhaps extended family members. Unfortunately, domestic violence and child abuse also rose during  coronavirus quarantines as government restrictions forced people to stay home.

People who were planning to divorce before the coronavirus hit may have delayed filing because court systems and law offices were closed or only working part-time. In fact, meeting with a judge or an attorney became almost impossible as pandemic protocols banned face-to-face meetings.

As the emergency seems to be ending, courts and law offices are receiving more calls about filing for divorce.

The Future of COVID-19 Divorce

There are many reasons people might want to divorce right now. Some spouses may see – for the first time – what it would be like to retire with their current spouse. Some do not like what they see and choose to divorce. Others decide it is time to embrace life and keep only positive things in their lives.

Many attorneys and law firms predict a dramatic rise in divorce filings as soon courts begin to reopen. Although “COVID-19” will not be listed as the reason for the divorce, it will certainly play a contributing role.

Are You Heading for a COVID-19 Divorce?

Divorce is rarely an easy process, at least from an emotional standpoint. Maybe you were headed for divorce before the pandemic, or maybe COVID-19 was just the final straw in a long line of straws. Either way, talk to an experienced California divorce lawyer before proceeding.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy L. Burger are experienced at all phases of divorce, legal separation, and annulment. Call us at 415-293-8314 to schedule a private appointment or visit our website. We maintain offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Beverly Hills, Marin County, Santa Barbara, Ventura/Oxnard, San Jose, Gold River (Sacramento), and surrounding communities.

I Just Moved to California. Can I File for Divorce

I Just Moved to California. Can I File for Divorce?

For some couples, a change of scenery might help their marriage. Unfortunately, the move to California didn’t help Anya and Gregory. After only two months, Gregory moved out of their new home. As he had done through most of their marriage, Gregory left the details and heavy lifting of their divorce for Anya to work out. However, Anya learned there might be a problem the day she called the clerk’s office to ask about filing procedures. California law sets out a residency requirement for people who want to file for divorce. Continue reading

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Can I Change My Child Custody Arrangements?

Melinda and Josh had moved on, literally, after receiving their final divorce order. They each moved to new homes and both eventually started new relationships. Each parent developed new hobbies and interests they wanted their three children to enjoy. But they soon learned that changes in one divorced parent’s life can affect a child’s relationship with the other. Melinda and Josh found it more difficult to stick to their child custody arrangements but agreeing on new schedules seemed impossible. Like many other divorced parents, they needed to review and change their child custody arrangements. Continue reading