Divorce can be stressful at any time of the year. But the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have added unprecedented levels of stress to the legal process. Strict quarantine measures have brought a halt to most face-to-face meetings and courts are closed for all but “essential proceedings.”
Below are five ways you can navigate your divorce process during this uncertain time.
1 Take Care of Yourself
Your wellbeing and health should remain a top priority during this difficult time. You should regularly connect with your family and friends and try to exercise daily. Your mental health is just as important as our physical health. If you regularly used to see a therapist, consider moving your sessions to the phone or via Zoom.
2 Focus on the Kids
If you have children, it is important to stay on the same routines as much as possible. Try to reassure them that this difficult time will pass. Avoid your best to taking your stress and fear out on your soon-to-be ex-spouse and children.
3 Do Not Make Decisions Hastily
Although it might make you feel better to make certain decisions in the short-term, it is best to avoid making impulsive decisions – especially with regard to investments and other financial matters.
4 Try Something New
Taking time away from your “normal” life may seem strange, but it can also be a good opportunity to try new things. You can use this time to help others in need, do creative projective you’ve been putting off, or learn new skills. You can also try cooking something new or a new type of exercise, like yoga.
5 Stay In Touch with Your Legal Team
Whatever you decide to do or not do during this difficult time, you should definitely keep in contact with your attorney and legal team to understand your options. Courts tend issue new orders about court hearings and it is best that you know exactly what is going on and how it will impact your divorce proceeding.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Divorce Attorney
If you are involved in a divorce proceeding or planning to file for divorce, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced family law attorney to help you learn about you legal rights and take steps to protect them.