Has Covid-19 Caused a Rise In The Filing Of Divorce?

Covid-19

There is no doubt that Covid-19 changed the world. We have learned much in the medical field, and we have learned much in the field of science. But, perhaps we have learned the most in the field of humanity.

The virus Covid-19 started in China. While it took some time for the information and the virus to travel around the globe, it soon did. Before long, all people were forced to stay inside their homes. These places we chose to live in and arranged for our comfort became our worlds and we wanted to get out of them.

It’s not cute anymore

Do you remember when you were dating and your girlfriend would pop her chewing gum while she read a magazine? You thought that was so cute. But when you are married, and you have not been allowed to leave your apartment for a month, and you are trying to watch a movie, “pop”, “pop”. “pop” can make your skin crawl. Or you trim your toenails in the bedroom or a dozen other things.

Divorces rise as Hong Kong comes out of incubation

Hong Kong is one of the first places to come of incubation, As they stumble to recreate somewhat of a new normal, the divorce lawyer is one of the first stops. This from BBC News, between the forced closeness combined with the financial pressures was overwhelming. Some families were unable to withstand the crack. ABC News reports overwhelming numbers will file as soon as the access to do so is available. Some lawyers believe it is not just the close quarters that got their attention, it was the realization that they have a limited number of years on this planet and questioned if this is who they really wanted to spend it with. Some said money played a factor in their decision. They simply got locked in a box and had a good look at what life had to offer them. They are ready for a second chance.

Post Covid-19 divorce, maybe harder than you think

If the predictions are correct, you must have a lot of different people involved in your divorce. Your attorney files it, and your spouse files their paperwork. There are people in the courthouse who process every single piece of paper. They process yours and hundreds of more. Information is entered into the computer. To put it mildly, they move mountains of paperwork daily, and every sheet of paper must be processed correctly or your divorce may have to begin again.

This goes for your attorney’s staff as well. When the rates of divorce go up, so does the amount of work. It pays to be considerate.

Maybe you should stay

Okay, we have explained the many that will run from their marriage. They are the ones who see the bad side. They can’t take being stuck in close quarters with those they promised to love. They want to go outside. They are worried about the bank account. Maybe they are tired of eating the same food, but it could be so much worse. Now is the time to start looking for ways to put a positive spin on things. The key is to get started early. Once depression sets in, and you begin blaming each other, it is very hard to turn things around. So let’s look at some ways to put some fun in your life.

Tips to save your sanity

  • Have Sex – we might as well get this one out of the way. This is the first one on your mind. But, we warn you, unless you are careful, you might be creating a member of the next baby boomers list.
  • Use the internet and find a new hobby. Learn about volcanoes, life at the bottom of the sea, or space.
  • Exercise – turn it into a group effort
  • Have a Facebook social evening with friends.
  • Get dressed, have some wine, snacks, and gather on your Facebook Facetime. Have music, tell jokes, talk about your week.

Provided by Psychology Today

You are the pattern

The fact is, Covid-19 has never happened before. There has never been a pandemic that has hit this number of people, with a technology that is this advanced before. It is up to you how this turns out. You can come out stronger with a lesson learned or you can simply do nothing but blame people. There will be people to blame, so why not try to find a little strength for future readers.

Maybe someone reading that will be the one person who prevents the next pandemic from happening

Should Couples Seeking Divorce Wait Until Covid-19 Is Over?

Divorce

When we find a person that we feel is our life-long partner, we marry them. We stand before our friends and families and share an oath to be with them for the remainder of our lives. Some of us go on to have children and grow the love we have for one another. We believe we will be together forever and divorce is not an option.

In some cases, our dreams do not come true. Sometimes, we grow in different directions. Sometimes, we lose our passion for our partner and fall in love with someone else. When this happens, we usually file for divorce. While we feel a divorce is an emotional, ethical, and moral action, in reality, a divorce is a legal action. It is a contract, designed to dissolve a previous contract (the marriage.) Therefore, your divorce requires the assistance of an attorney.

When Disaster Strikes

The primary goal of any marriage is to build a family. Each member of the family works to protect, and serve the others. In 2020 the world has faced a world-wide pandemic. Coronavirus  has killed hundreds of thousands of people all around the world, with no end in sight. Foods and other critical supplies have become in short supply. People have lost jobs in huge numbers.

Finances During a Divorce

When a family divorces, money has to be divided. It is difficult to split the home, bills, children’s expenses. To do that during a time when wages are being slashed, food is in short supply, families are losing. Common sense dictates that all resources are kept together and utilized, The resources are pooled and the needs of the weakest are as strong as the strongest.

Sometimes this  is the only way to get by.

Attorneys  are going to great efforts to create fair and legal agreements to contracts that will work well to protect the assets of the families so the divorces allow all members involved to begin on a level playing field.

It is a WE world

As societies mature and grow, people tend to become “Me” people. We want everything that fits us best, We want:

  • Our best education
  • Our career
  • Our dream job
  • Our beautiful home
  • Our talent
  • Our success

But, when we experience a massive catastriffy like a hurricane, tornado, pandemic, or worse, we quickly find out that the “Me” mentality will leave you hungry, hurt, and hopeless. In order to survive, we must adapt to a “We” mentality.

If you are in the throws of a divorce

This is common sense but it is worth saying.  Judges do not look kindly on people throwing money around with the economy of the nation and their very family in danger of poverty.

We share with our neighbors. We pull together to get by. We pull together as countries, nations, continents, states, towns, neighborhoods, and people.  We share resources, data, information, and research.

Parents, Neighbors, Teachers, Adults, Officers

We have lived in a world where we try to stand back from children. We are so afraid of being accused. But now, we are going to have to step up. Carry your phone with you, film what looks odd, take pics. Ask questions. Take pictures of trucks that look odd. Look, listen, ask, and help these kids.

In all divorces, parents should remain calm. Calm parents allow children to remain calm. Parents are teaching children how to get through in all situations. Married or divorced,this is your job.

How COVID-19 could be affecting family law orders

family law

The crisis over the Novel Coronavirus has changed our everyday lives and continues to constantly reshape the world. Lawyers is here to answer your questions about how COVID-19 could affect your family law case in this period of unprecedented uncertainty.

After declaring a state medical emergency, Australia is suffering due to Coronavirus with several issues, and family law orders are among them.

What are COVID-19’s impacts on family law orders?

We see a lot of people trying to fix similar issues, to see what is and what isn’t. We want to pass on the best of these ideas to you in these turbulent times and educate you on the recent developments impacting clients in family law, including trials, parental practices, property settlements, family abuse, and other topics.

  • Family law courts:

The federal government is committed to keeping the family law courts open at this time, with substantive improvements to the administration of justice and the government’s health and safety standards. Efforts require using the telecommunications technologies for both administrative, transitional, and divorce proceedings to be held in this manner.

Digital technology is used for conferences including Child Inclusive Conferences, Interviews with Family Reports, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In those cases where court attendance is considered appropriate, then the court is stunning start times during the day and allowing at the same time no more than eight people in court space.

We are keeping up with the constantly changing rules and orders provided by the Federal Court and the Family Court.

We tend to use the Court as a final resort, as usual. We tend to resolve conflicts by arbitration, mediation, and settlement of family disputes.

  • Existing parental orders:

Orders under the Family Law Act remain in full force. Thanks to school holidays beginning early, there are problems for parents as well as schools potentially not returning to normal in two weeks.

Alternative education is likely to be the new standard for the future in the near term at least. Parents may have different attitudes regarding topics such as ‘social distancing’ and adequate hygiene and home school.

Standard places for the changeover may be closed. Any neighbouring states and territories are locked. Many problems can occur because the actual situations when orders were made could not have been foreseen.

Parents may consider refusing to comply with an order because of their belief that the other parent may not provide sufficient care for the child’s health or education, or because they suspect that the child may be unwell or contagious and should, therefore, be held away from the other parent.

Under extremely limited cases, a party may have only a rational justification to contravene a court order and severe consequences can follow. If you consider departing from a court order, or if the other party insists on departing from an order, you should get legal advice.

When ordinary parenting practices cannot be sustained or need to be modified, then those things should be conveyed to the other parent with the child’s best interests being the focus. In these extraordinary times contact and compassion will be more critical than ever.

It is generally not easy to deal with a family law problem, whether it is divorce, custody or support, and it certainly becomes much more complicated in the face of a pandemic that has changed life suddenly as we know it.

  • Family abuse and the courts of judges:

All courts remain open. With greater instability, economic strains, and couples spending more time together with more constraints and less routine, it is expected and police are being prepared for a rise in family violence cases.

The courts consider new proposals a priority and postpone temporary trials. Such amendments can have major impacts on both Applicants and Respondents, including forbidding those Respondents to reach their normal home and touch or be close to family members listed in orders. Current directives remain in place with full force.

  • Estate settlements:

A deal that was considered ‘right and equitable’ yesterday might not be so today in the latest negotiations. Business prices, shares, real estate, and superannuation are shifting rapidly, and work is less safe in many fields.

Childcare responsibilities can change in some families. Recent valuation estimates based on financials from last year (or months) can no longer be reliable. Superannuation is likely to respond to volatility in the markets. There are ways to split superannuation that are likely to yield a more fair and equal result.

  • Court Access Limitation:

Although most clients don’t like the thought of going to court to deal with their family law issues, realizing that they still have that choice if they can’t otherwise fix their problems is assuring. Additionally, there are others who for some time have expected scheduled court dates and are now hearing that these court dates are being delayed due to temporary court closures. However, there is hope that any current court delays will be short-lived and, once the courts reopen, they will certainly do their utmost to reschedule matters as soon as possible.

The government is taking strict measures, keeping precautions in mind. Jury trials were conducted in both national and state courts until the pandemic COVID-19 perished. In a few instances, video conferencing is often used for pretrial hearings and other meetings. It’s not as straightforward as a jury in court, however, but these kinds of issues happen to full formalities today.

 

Author Bio:

Dan Buckley serves as a Legal Partner of Best Wilson Buckley Family Law and is preferred among the best Family Lawyers in Brisbane. He is appreciated not just for his legal expertise, but also for his ability to assist clients with critical decisions regarding their children and their financial interests.