On the day Daria and David agreed to store frozen embryos for future use, divorce was far from their minds. They were in perfect agreement, deeply in love, and looking forward to future parenthood. However, things didn’t work out exactly as they had planned. Daria and David put off becoming parents for several years, but unfortunately, their relationship faltered in the interim. After David filed for divorce, he realized they had to make some difficult decisions about what to do with their frozen embryos. Continue reading
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.
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
After six months of waiting, and possibly longer depending on your divorce, it’s time to finalize your divorce. In California, you may or may not have to appear in court. Since going before a judge can be a tense experience, you may feel better if you prepare for your final divorce hearing beforehand. Continue reading
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
Daniel and Miranda’s biggest arguments revolved around money. As their debts piled up, creditors called daily and their relationship suffered. They reached a certain point where they began to consider filing for bankruptcy and filing for divorce. However, they needed to consider the effect of bankruptcy on divorce before taking any action. Continue reading
Parenting after a divorce means setting up custody and visitation arrangements. At the end of the divorce, a judge signs off on a parenting plan that includes a visitation schedule and states what type of custody the parents have. For example, Darlene wanted her children to see their dad, Max, as often as possible. However, Max works in a hospital that cares for COVID-19 patients. Darlene has valid concerns about whether to allow the kids to visit Max. This is especially true for their youngest son, Dax, whose severe asthma puts him in the high-risk category for COVID-19 complications. As Darlene and Max struggle to work out their new lives, they face unique situations and uncharted waters. Continue reading
Over the years, Jack and Alicia both contributed to the success of Jack’s CPA firm. When they decided to divorce, the CPA practice became a point of contention in an already contentious situation. Just how much of the firm was Alicia entitled to receive in the divorce settlement? To figure this out, Jack, Alicia, and their attorneys needed to know how to value a professional practice.
Most divorces consist of several moving parts. Couples may have to deal with property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support. It’s the ‘money’ part of divorce that trips some people up. How much money does one spouse have to give the other for child support? Will one spouse have to pay spousal support to the other and, if so, how much? There’s one document produced during the divorce process that helps couples and their divorce lawyers work out those details: financial disclosures.
As Drake and Dwight’s relationship grew stronger, they decided to register their domestic partnership with the California Secretary of State’s office. However, they then separated four years later. They didn’t know whether you could formally dissolve a domestic partnership but soon learned that divorce is possible. In fact, there are several forms of divorce available including something called ‘summary dissolution.’ Sometimes summary dissolution of a domestic partnership is the best option for everyone.