During times of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, there are many people who previously wished to divorce their spouses and are now stuck in the same house together. This can be challenging, which is why spouses should know not only how to handle these situations, but what they can do to keep their divorce moving forward during this time. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York divorce attorney for assistance dealing with these matters.
Claim Your Space
Individuals who are currently forced to stay within the same home as a spouse they planned to divorce should make sure they take the steps they need to feel comfortable. This includes claiming your own space, such as sleeping in a different room, separating your personal belongings, and more. By establishing your own home base in your house, you can have the space and privacy you need to feel “separated” even though you are under the same roof.
If any children are present in the house, this may be a good time to transition them into the idea of the changing structure of your family. This can be done by using “kid-friendly” language that allows them to better understand the situation.
Commit to Co-Parenting
Due to the fact that children are currently not at school, they are spending more time at home and with their parents. This can be difficult in general, let alone for parents who are going through a divorce. The concept of divorce is difficult for children to grasp, which is why it is important they receive the structure they need during this time. This is where the idea of co-parenting comes into play, as parents have to take on this new role in their children’s lives. Take this time to discuss how you plan to co-parent with your spouse and make a temporary parenting agreement that designates the time each of you can spend with your children.
Stay in Contact With Your Attorney
It is understandable that it can be difficult to talk about your plans for divorce when you are in the same house with your spouse. This can be done through phone or video conferencing. Be sure to make it a priority to set aside time and find a free space to have these private discussions regarding how to move forward with your case.
Explore Out of Court Options
Make sure you talk about possible ways to expedite the process of your divorce during this time. This is possible through alternative divorce methods that exist outside the courtroom, such as mediation, collaboration, or arbitration. Spouses who can work things out and have open conversations with one another may benefit from these options to resolve things quicker.
Contact our Firm
The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC understands the harsh implications of relocation can have on a child and his or her parents. When you have a contested relocation matter, it is important to have an experienced attorney to represent you in court. If you are faced with a relocation matter in Rockland County, contact The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.