Divorce during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Divorce during the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the entire country confined to their homes due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.  It can only be expected that stress levels within the home will be at their peak. Home-schooling children whilst working from home can only add another layer to pressure on a married couples relationship. That is assuming jobs are still secure, for many they have the worry of losing their job.  This, at a time when people cannot even attempt to hunt for a new job.

During these strained times in the home, sharing the household chores and childcare, and perhaps trying a new hobby together can help people get through the weeks ahead.

If you find yourself in a situation, where you cannot bear to spend another moment with your partner, and the only option forward is divorce. 

Is still possible to apply for a divorce?

The judiciary system is trying their very best to continue operating as normal. Although, many low priority court cases are being postponed, most family courts are operating over video links to relevant parties.

The divorce centres are all still operating as best they can. But with sickness and self-isolation of staff, the divorce process is taking a little longer.  The justice system is doing everything it can to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

However, most divorces do not involve attending court. Only when there is a disagrement on the division of assets, a court attendance is required. If you can come to an amicable decision on the split of assets, a consent order can be drafted.  This will have with the agreement of both parties and sets out how the assets are to be divided. The consent order can now be emailed to court to minimise any human contact.

Amicable divorce is now even more important

The initial application of divorce can be done online now, removing the need for any human contact.

We recommend couples divorce amicably as this makes it easier for both parties going forward after divorce, especially if there are children involved. This would normally involve a joint meeting where husband and wife meet with a Divorce Negotiator.  We will explain how the divorce process works, how to best divide assets fairly, in a way a judge will agree to the consent order. This meeting can now take place over a conference call or video conferencing.

Online applications for divorce are still being processed.  Consent orders can be emailed to court. It is expected, like any other business, the workforce at the courts will be suffering from and sickness and self-isolation of staff.

To find out more on how to start the divorce process, contact a Divorce Negotiator on 0800 177 7702

Divorce during the COVID-19 Pandemic was last modified: April 2nd, 2020 by John Fuller

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