Divorce During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Should You Wait?

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After much careful consideration, you and your spouse may have made the tough decision to divorce. You may have filed the necessary paperwork and begun the process of dissolving your marriage when news of COVID-19 hits. This pandemic has made a significant impact on all aspects of everyday life, and with new stresses added on, you may be unsure of your next steps.

Where does your family go from here? With the future of your family up in the air, we at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP are here to help guide you through these difficult times. Below, our attorneys explore how COVID-19 is impacting divorces and lay out critical information families should consider.

Impact of COVID-19 on Family Law

In China, the number of divorce filings has spiked since couples have come out of quarantining together, so much so that courts are unable to process requests fast enough. And with China being a few weeks ahead of us in regards to the virus, it’s a good indicator of where we may be in the following weeks.

California requires divorcing spouses to wait a mandatory 6-month period from the date of filing. That means, if you put your plans on pause until things return to “normal,” you may be waiting an indefinite period plus half a year as the courts may be overwhelmed with requests. You do not want your case to be backlogged, which is why we recommend using this time to seek legal counsel and to explore your options. Consider mediation, get started on the discovery process, or begin settlement discussions.

Helping You Take the Stress Out of the Process

Deciding to divorce can be one of the hardest decisions a family can make, but the divorce process doesn’t have to be. The attorneys at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP are here to offer their guidance in these uncertain times and help bring peace of mind. They are monitoring the situation very closely and finding new ways to safely meet client needs through solutions such as video and phone conferencing. 

Schedule a virtual consultation with an attorney at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP by calling (310) 455-8364.

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