Family therapists and others predict a surge in separations and divorces in Georgia and across the country as stay-at-home restrictions are eased for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many couples whose marriages were already in jeopardy when the crisis began may have had no choice but to “persevere” due to financial difficulties, such as losing their job or reduced hours.
Pondering whether it’s over or you just need a break
While being together in a confined space may be a positive experience for some, it can add tremendous pressure to already-strained relationships. Adding young kids to the equation, with the demands of home-schooling, can push many parents to the limit.
If one parent moved out before or during the pandemic, those couples might already have a good idea about what direction they want to go from here. Others who lived “separately” under the same roof will likely have to choose what comes next – physical separation or divorce.
Questions to consider about the divorce process
If the conclusion is that the marriage cannot survive, next comes deciding how it will end – going to court or working together for a settlement. Litigation is the default process, but you’ll need to determine what’s best for you and your family. When kids are involved, parents typically want the least painful process. Ask yourself these five questions:
- Are the children the most important part of your relationship?
- Are you willing and able to spend more money on a lengthy court battle?
- Is your spouse committed to meeting you halfway for a fair outcome over custody, dividing marital assets and future support payments?
- Is ending your marriage with mutual respect important?
- Do you and your spouse want to set a positive tone for your future co-parenting relationship?
Select the process that’s right for you
Divorce can be one of the most devastating and stressful experiences anyone will go through, especially when it happens during a pandemic. An experienced family law attorney can help you determine how to achieve the best financial and personal outcome, enabling you to find solid footing for the next and brighter chapter of your life.