Following the holidays, many more spouses tend to file for divorce, perhaps postponing their plans to allow children or other family members to enjoy the festivities before starting divorce proceedings.
As the new year approaches, those considering divorce may wonder if there are any obstacles to getting a divorce during the pandemic and what unique issues may arise when more parents are working from home and kids are attending school virtually.
Although getting a divorce may seem more challenging given the widespread closures and rules regarding capacity in public spaces, the procedure for getting a divorce remains the same. While many issues can be addressed outside of court with the help of an experienced attorney, hearings are still conducted and should be scheduled well in advance in anticipation of backlogs.
The most common questions surrounding divorce during the pandemic include how to determine spousal or child support when a spouse may be temporarily out of work or has experienced a reduction in pay. Many parents also have questions about reaching a parenting time agreement that will allow both of them to work when kids are learning at home.
In answer to these questions, keep in mind that agreements entered into now may be modified later if there is a significant change in circumstances such as an increase or decrease in income that impacts child support or spousal maintenance. If there is change in a child’s schedule such as returning to school, that conflicts with an existing parenting plan, it is possible to take a second look at parenting time and parenting responsibilities or include an alternate plan from the start.
The pandemic has raised some unique challenges for divorcing couples, but most divorces require thoughtful solutions and skilled negotiation to reach a favorable outcome – every situation is unique. If you are considering divorce or have another family law matter, contact the Libertyville, Illinois family law attorneys of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC for assistance at 847-680-4970.