The ongoing COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has brought social interaction to a halt and caused numerous disturbances in everyday life as we know it. And yet, life must go on. You know how true this is if you are currently in the midst of divorce or contemplating one. The truth is that many couples are having difficulties at this time, and for some the pandemic has only exacerbated problems that existed long before the first outbreak. In other cases, couples had already begun taking steps towards separation and divorce only to have the pandemic disrupt their plans. Whatever your situation, we understand the difficulties you are facing, and we’re here to help.
Is a Remote Consultation Right For You?
While many areas of the country have taken steps to reopen their economies, the truth is that COVID-19 cases are still on the rise and are not anticipated to stop anytime soon. Furthermore, many courthouses were shut down in late winter / early spring and now have a backlog of family court cases to get through. All the while, local courts are either still closed down or open at limited capacity. But you don’t deserve to wait to get the divorce you want and move on with your life.
By doing a remote consultation with an experienced attorney via video chat or phone call, you can talk about your divorce needs and what you hope to gain. Though separated by distance, a remote consultation still covers all the areas that a regular in-office consultation would. The benefits of a remote consultation are that it can help get you in the divorce court queue now as opposed to waiting, and it can also help you be more prepared.
Likewise, remote consultations may also lead to mediation or collaborative divorce, which can help you avoid going into court entirely. As long as you and your spouse are willing to work together to achieve divorce that works for both of you, this can be a great option. Many attorneys are also offering mediation and collaboration meetings entirely via video chat and conference call these days.
How to Prepare for a Remote Consultation
You and your attorney will schedule a date and time, just like you would normally for an in-office consultation. It’s a good idea to test out your chosen online video chat platform ahead of time to make sure it works as it should. Additionally, it’s important to gather together any information that will be useful to you and your attorney for your divorce. For example, you will want to obtain any of the following financial documentation:
- Tax Returns
- Bank and credit card statements
- Insurance policy documents
- Mortgage statements
- Vehicle ownership documents
- Real estate ownership documents and appraisals
Truly, any evidence of financial accounts or wealth statements for the last twelve months will be useful. You will also want to show statements of any debts or loans in order to give your attorney the full picture of the assets that may be involved.
If you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse, it is crucial that you get out of it as soon as possible. This is also true if child abuse is involved, or your child is being moved to a new place without your consent or full knowledge of the situation. Contact your attorney right away to get help. While courts are backed up in many areas, the good news is they are open to assisting with these emergency situation cases as soon as possible.