There are many people who wanted to divorce their spouse who are not stuck living together during the Coronavirus lockdown. This can make an already difficult situation that much more challenging. However, it is important to know that there are ways you can keep moving forward with your divorce during this time. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance dealing with these matters.
Claim Your Space
If stay-at-home orders are currently forcing you to live with a spouse you planned on divorcing, be sure to take the steps you need to ensure you are comfortable. This can include claiming your own space, such as sleeping in another room or separating your personal belongings from your spouse’s. In creating a “home base” for yourself, you can have the space and privacy you need to be separate from your spouse even though you are in the same house.
If you have any children together in the house, it may be good to use this time to transition them towards understanding the changing dynamics in your family. This can be done by using “kid-friendly” language that allows them to better understand the situation at hand.
Commit to Co-Parenting
Because children are not attending in-person schooling at this time, they are spending a significant amount of more time in the home. This can put more pressure on parents already going through a difficult time. It is important to provide children with structure during this time as parents take on their new roles as “co-parents.” As parents begin to navigate how this works, they can make a temporary parenting agreement that allows them each to spend their own time with the children.
Stay in Contact With Your Attorney
It can be hard to talk about your plans for divorce when you are in the same house as your spouse. However, it is important to do so anyway. This can be possible through phone or video conferencing. Make it a priority to set aside time and find a free space, such as a car or yard, to have these discussions about how to continue with your case.
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Explore Out of Court Options
When speaking with an attorney, be sure to discuss ways the process of divorce can be expedited during this time. This may be possible through alternative divorce methods, such as mediation, collaboration, or arbitration. When spouses are able to negotiate with one another through amicable discussions, they can use these methods instead of going to court so that they can resolve these issues quicker.
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Ross and Calandrillo, LLC is a full-service divorce, family, and real estate law firm located in Mountainside, New Jersey. For strong legal representation in all of your divorce or family law matters, contact Ross and Calandrillo, LLC to schedule a consultation.