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High-Conflict Divorce: Steps You Can Take Amid the Pandemic

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When states announced stay-at-home orders to slow the coronavirus spread, many predicted that the lockdown would cause a surge in divorce rates. Common stressors brought by quarantine including loss of income, changed work schedules, boredom, homeschooling children, lack of escape from each other, and conflicts over kids and household responsibilities, can bring high levels of conflict and increase tension between couples already facing marital strife.

With couples stuck in the house 24 hours a day, it may be harder to sweep aside serious underlying conflicts such as infidelity, money problems, incompatibility, and even domestic violence. Spouses can no longer use work, external activities, or busy schedules as an excuse to delay confronting these issues. It’s also possible that the general panic caused by the pandemic has triggered some of these issues to arise sooner.

While COVID-19 contributes to a projected rise in divorce cases, it’s also the reason why filing for a divorce could be more challenging. Find out how the state is handling high-conflict divorces during these restrictive times.

Divorce Process During COVID-19

Many state courts are closed or operating on an emergency-only basis now. Some family courts are only hearing motions for emergency custody orders or relief from abuse, given that domestic violence cases increased during the lockdown.

This situation affects couples considering a divorce and those who are already in the middle of the process. Ex-spouses seeking to reduce support payments because of the economic recession may find it challenging to file a motion.

Fortunately, in the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk, electronic filing of non-essential matters has been restored after suspending criminal and civil trials for two months. Since divorce is considered a nonessential lawsuit, the case must be filed through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) system.

That said, all courthouses and law firms are advised to strictly observe health and safety precautions at all times. At the Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick, P.C., we are committed to helping contain the spread of coronavirus while continuously providing clients with the high standard of service they expect. We are currently available via teleconferencing, video calls, and in-person consultations by appointment only. Our team strictly upholds a duty of care to all our clients, staff, and anyone who visits our offices.

It may be harder to pursue litigation due to the ongoing pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t begin working on your case immediately. You and your lawyer can take advantage of the extra time to conduct a thorough investigation of the other party’s assets, businesses, and other finances. The longer preparation time will help give you an edge and put you one step towards your desired outcome.

In high-conflict divorces, the best thing you can do is seek the help of a divorce attorney. You want someone who can provide you with aggressive representation and will go above and beyond to keep your interests protected. High-conflict divorces can be costly, lengthy, and emotionally exhausting. In such situations, it is crucial to have someone who is experienced and capable on your side throughout the process.

Experienced Divorce Lawyer in New York

The Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick is highly experienced in the intricacies of New York divorce laws. Our legal team has plenty of experience working with high net worth couples and mediating divorces. We help clients navigate stressful high-conflict divorces even amid the pandemic.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation.