Shut-Down Put A Kink In Your Plans? How To Navigate Divorce During Court Delays

If you're like most people, the coronavirus may have put a kink in some of your plans. If one of those plans was a divorce, you may find yourself waiting longer for a resolution. That's because most courts have been closed to all but the most serious cases. Luckily, there are still some steps you can take to keep your divorce moving forward. Here are four of those steps. 

Sit Down With a Lawyer

If you're struggling to deal with a divorce during the current pandemic, don't panic. You may think that everything is at a standstill. That's not entirely correct. Divorce lawyers are still working with clients to get their paperwork in order. Your divorce lawyer can help you prepare your case so that you're ready to go when the courts open back up. They can also answer any questions you may have about your case. 

Consider Your Timeline

Now that some states are opening up their court system again, you may be able to start filing your paperwork. Because of the recent closures, you'll want to consider your timeline carefully. The courthouse may be open, but that doesn't mean you won't experience some delays. In fact, you should plan for delays, especially where processing is concerned. If you want to get your divorce finalized as soon as possible, file your initial papers as soon as you can. 

Find Time to Mediate

If you and your spouse are going through a divorce during this pandemic, you'll need to find time for mediation. You may be able to find mediators who are still taking appointments. But, there's a chance that you'll need to conduct online mediation appointments. Don't be afraid to pursue that avenue. Online mediation allows you to work through the issues surrounding your divorce. If you and your spouse are on amicable terms, work together to schedule your own online mediation. That way, you can try to work through the issues on your own. 

Think About Alternatives

If there's a lengthy delay for divorce cases in your state, think about the alternatives. This is especially important where custody and support are concerned. You may be able to work out an arrangement that will protect your interests.You can use this arrangement while you wait for the courts to get through the delays. Some alternatives may include a legal separation or a post-nuptial agreement. An attorney can help you with those details. Once the courts are back up and running, you can move forward with your divorce. The legal separation or post-nuptial agreement will give you a binding plan to follow.

If you are in the process of a divorce during this time, find an attorney, like Scott & Scott, PC, to help.