What Do I Do If I Filed for Divorce Before the Coronavirus Outbreak?

When a spouse chooses to file for divorce, it is an emotional, life-changing decision that often takes a long time to come to terms with. After filing, both parties usually just want the process to be over as soon as possible. However, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and court closures throughout the state of New Jersey, divorce proceedings can be impacted in several ways.

Spouses who just began their divorce proceedings most likely want the process to continue during this time. It is important to know that there are options available that can be considered to do so. Due to court closures and postponements, there are only limited scheduled hearings and it can be a while before a case can be heard in court. It is because of this that were previously divorcing through litigation may want to look into divorce mediation or a collaborative divorce instead. Through these methods, virtual sessions can take place at scheduled times that are convenient for all instead of waiting to appear in court. This allows the process to continue while courts are closed and limited.

Both mediation and collaborative divorces offer different benefits rather than litigation. Both methods facilitate healthy conversations and are low-conflict, saving spouses from the stress and negativity that can take place in litigation. In addition to this, both processes cost less money than going to court. While these can help spouses in these situations, it is important to keep in mind that they require spouses to work together and negotiate. If spouses are unable to do so to meet resolutions, they may find these methods to be more difficult.

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