Divorcing During COVID-19

When your relationship is already strained, living under quarantine conditions can quickly shed light on a troubled marriage. Whether you’ve been contemplating divorce for a while or the stress of recent events has become the straw to break the camel’s back, so to speak, our law firm can help you understand the divorce process and your options.

During these unprecedented times, we are all taking a look at our lives and examining our relationships. Perhaps the tiny cracks in your relationship have turned into irreparable gaping holes. With a newfound outlook on how we see our futures, some couples may decide to part ways.

If you’re among those wondering if you can file for divorce during the covid crisis, the answer is yes. Courts are accepting new filings and can approve final agreements. In addition to traditional litigation in Court, Berid & Schutzbank, LLC is able to handle cases through mediation and the Collaborative Law Process during the ongoing pandemic.

While many cases are being postponed during the pandemic, the Court is open to handle emergencies, especially those involving domestic violence situations. In addition, the Court is granting some divorce agreements based on filed pleadings and holding telephone hearings if possible. While many oral arguments and hearings will likely be postponed for several months, it is still possible to obtain a divorce and/or start the negotiation process. Uncontested divorces where you and your spouse are able to reach a settlement prior to any Court hearing should be able to be processed through the Probate and Family Court in a more expeditious manner.

Below are some things you should know about divorce under any circumstances.
Massachusetts recognizes both “fault” and “no-fault” divorces.

  • Massachusetts Courts divide property equitably–not necessarily equally. This means property and assets will be distributed in a way that the Court believes is fair under the circumstances.
  • Whether to award alimony, how much to award, and for how long is all left to the discretion of the Court.
  • In Massachusetts, both parents have a legal obligation to support their children.
  • If parents can’t agree on custody and parenting plans, a court will decide all custody and parenting issues.

If you decide to explore your options or start the divorce process now amid the covid-19 pandemic, our skilled law firm is here to help and support you. Berid & Schutzbank is fully operational via remote access and video conferencing with our clients. To learn about your options for divorce or for advice on how to proceed during these unique circumstances, give our office a call.

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