Divorce is often one of the most difficult things an individual can experience during their lifetime. Many are anxious to get this uncomfortable process over with and move on with their lives. You might have already taken extra steps or make specific sacrifices to get your divorce over with sooner or later. Like nearly every aspect of life, the divorce process is not immune to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Courts across the nation, including many of North Carolina’s family courts, are closed and experiencing delays. Now is a good time to speak to a knowledgeable Charlotte attorney to find out how your divorce could be impacted.
Currently, there are several courthouses that are closed or are only conducting hearings on an emergency basis. To determine if your jurisdiction is closed, it is recommended that you contact the court directly or seek the advice of your Charlotte attorney. If your jurisdiction’s family court is closed, your case hearings will need to be rescheduled. Keep in mind that many other couples will also need to reschedule theirs, and the court has lost several weeks of valuable time. It may take some time before you are able to have your hearing once the court reopens.
Changing Financial And Child Custody Situations
It is not just the court system that could delay your divorce. Due to job losses and the shifting stock market, the financial snapshot of your marriage could have changed drastically. Depending on where you are in the divorce process, there are issues such as child support, spousal support, and the division of assets that might need to be re-visited and changed in light of the recent changes. Discussing how your finances have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic with your Charlotte attorney can help you understand your next steps.
Your goals or your spouse’s goals for child custody may also have shifted during these unprecedented times. Your schedules may have changed; one of you might be working more or be unemployed. Having to re-negotiate a parenting plan can also delay your divorce. Although you might still want to get your divorce over with as soon as possible, it is imperative that you take your time to re-evaluate these critical issues. While the court understands there may need to be changes to your custody orders in the future, they are meant to be permanent orders.
Questions About How COVID-19 Might Impact Your Divorce? Contact A Skilled Charlotte Law Firm Today
We know this is a time of considerable uncertainty, and you may have many questions about how COVID-19 will impact your divorce proceedings. Rest assured, we are here for you and will do everything we can to get your divorce finalized as soon as possible. Our staff members are closing monitoring client deadlines and court closures to provide the best possible service. We have put safety measures in place to protect the health and well-being of our clients and staff.