Before COVID-19 struck the nation, there were many couples gearing up to go through a divorce. Now, due to stay-at-home orders throughout the state of New York, these couples are bound to live in the same house with one another. These can be difficult and trying circumstances, leaving spouses to wonder if it is possible to continue with their divorce during this time. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a New York divorce attorney for help with these matters.
Claim Your Space
When spouses are forced to stay within the same home as a spouse they wanted to divorce, it is important that they take steps to make sure they feel comfortable during this time. This can include claiming your own space by sleeping in another room and/or separating your personal belongings from theirs. Having your own “home base” in your house that is separate from your spouse can allow you to have the space and privacy you need even though you are under the same roof.
Commit to Co-Parenting
It is hard enough for a child to understand the concept of divorce under any circumstances, let alone the current climate of the world. With children home from school and spending more time with their parents, it is important to provide them with the structure they need during this time. This can be a good time for parents to take on their new responsibilities as co-parents by establishing a temporary parenting agreement that allots each parent time they can spend with their children alone.
Stay in Contact With Your Attorney
Talking about divorce is difficult in general, let alone when your spouse is in the other room. However, it is important to make time to do so with your attorney. This can be made possible through phone or video conferences. Be sure to make this a priority. Finding free space can be as simple as sitting in your car or backyard.
Explore Out of Court Options
When speaking with your attorney, discuss ways to make the process of your divorce move along as soon as possible. Some ways this can be done is to engage in alternative divorce methods that take place outside the courtroom. This can include mediation, collaboration, or arbitration. Spouses who can work out their marital issues and have honest conversations with one another may benefit from this so that they can resolve things quicker.
Contact our Firm
Matters of divorce and family law should be navigated with the guidance of an experienced attorney. If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today.