Can I Still Get a Divorce While Under the Coronavirus Lockdown?

Before the Coronavirus pandemic struck the nation, there were likely many spouses gearing up to go through a divorce. Now, under current New Jersey stay-at-home orders, they can still be living under the same roof as one another during this time. This can be extremely stressful, leaving spouses to wonder if it is still possible to go through with their divorce during this time. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance. 

Claim Your Space

Spouses who are currently forced to be in the same house as one another when they initially were expecting a divorce can feel as if they are stuck. However, there are certain ways to alleviate these feelings, such as claiming your own space. This can include sleeping in a different bedroom, separating your personal belongings, and more. In having your own “home base,” you can have the distance and privacy that you need even while you are living in the same house. 

Commit to Co-Parenting

While children are no longer attending in-person schooling for the time being, they are spending much more time at home than usual. This can be difficult, especially for parents who are already working to navigate the circumstances of their relationship. The concept of a divorce can be difficult for children to understand, which is why it is important to receive the structure they need during this trying time. This could be an ample opportunity for parents to take on their new roles as co-parents in their children’s lives. A temporary parenting agreement can be beneficial to ensure both parents spend solo time with their kids. 

Stay in Contact With Your Attorney

Understandably, it can be difficult and uncomfortable to discuss your plans for a divorce when your spouse is in the room next door to you. However, it is crucial to stay in touch with your attorney during this time. This can be made possible by phone or video conferencing. Finding free space to do so can be as simple as sitting in your car or backyard. 

Explore Out of Court Options

When speaking with your attorney, be sure to discuss ways your divorce can be expedited during these uncertain times. Possibilities to make this happen can include alternative divorce methods that allow for the process to take place outside of the courtroom. This can include mediation, collaboration, or arbitration. Spouses who are able to work things out and have honest conversations with one another may benefit from these options to resolve the matter quicker. 

Contact our Firm

If you require strong legal representation for matters related to divorce or family law, Haber Silver Simpson & Russoniello is here to help. We proudly represent clients in Morris County and throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.