The quick answer to this question is yes. You can still get a divorce during the corona crisis. Here is what you need to know:
1. You can still apply to the court for a divorce
The courts are still working and so it is still possible to apply for a divorce. It is proving better to apply online than by postal application as this speeds things up. The court has a backlog with paperwork and court hearings and so is processing applications more slowly.
Face to face court hearings are not presently taking place. They have been replaced by video conferencing or if possible, reaching a written agreement with your ex’s legal team known as a Consent Order.
2. Divorce professionals are still working
You can still get advice from divorce professionals. We are all working remotely, and meetings are happening mostly via Zoom. Support via telephone and email continues as normal.
As the courts are running more slowly, the alternatives to using the court process to resolve financial and children matters are becoming more popular. They are proving much more time and cost effective. These include; mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, settlement meetings and of course using solicitor led negotiations.
Meetings for all of these are taking place via video conferencing. To find out more about these options click on this link – Reaching a Financial Settlement.
3. It is a good idea to get advice from a divorce professional before breaking the news to your spouse that you want a divorce.
It can be helpful to work with a divorce consultant/coach before seeking formal legal advice. I would also recommend doing this before you speak to your spouse about wanting a divorce.
I can provide support and guidance about your options and choices and help you work out your next steps and helping you find a solicitor when you decide you’re ready. I can also continue to support and guide you throughout your divorce journey. You can get in touch with me here – Contact Rhiannon.
I have eBooks available to buy and download from my website and two which are particularly suitable for people considering and preparing for divorce are:
Having these resources online, means you can read them discreetly and refer back to any chapters you wish to re-read. They are a step by step guide of things to consider, to decide and to do. Here is the link again – Ebooks.
4. Counselling services are still available
I always ask my clients if they have considered counselling; both for themselves on their own or with their spouse (i.e. couples counselling). It can be really helpful to talk through your thoughts and feelings and get clarity on what you want to do next. Counsellors are working online through video calls or telephone meetings.
To read more about the benefits of counselling, read my blog: The Benefits of Counselling.
5. You will need to be cautious about telling your spouse
These conversations are always challenging but this is particularly so with the present lockdown situation. Please bear in mind that once you tell your spouse, you are both stuck in the house together. This could prove challenging for giving each other space whilst your spouse processes your decision as well as space away from the children to have further discussions.
Often, it is agreed for one spouse to move out of the family home to provide you both with space during the legal process. This is of course unlikely to be possible at the moment with the lockdown restrictions.
If you do decide to separate during the lockdown, read my blog for advice on how best to approach things – Worried about living with your spouse during the lockdown.
Making the decision to get a divorce is always difficult. The corona crisis does pose additional challenges but divorce is still possible. Getting informed with the right information and having the right support in place will help.
Please note: I have other blogs to read in this series – Corona Crisis.
If you have found the tips in this blog useful then you’ll find lots more in my eBooks, which you can purchase and download today.
If you’d like to work with me 1:1, for help preparing for your divorce/or support during or after the divorce process, please get in touch to find out how I can help.
Why I became a divorce consultant.