Living Together While Divorcing During COVID-19
Updated: Apr 9
Even the most amicable of divorces can be stressful. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic added into the equation, emotions are running high for soon-to-be ex-spouses. We understand this situation is anything but ideal, but our team is here to help you.
Here are our recommendations on how to get through the divorce process while living with your spouse during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Create separate spaces. With Maryland under a stay-at-home order for the foreseeable future, you will need to create separate spaces within your home. This way, you and your spouse can take time apart without relying on public outings for relief. If you can have completely separate spaces, like an office that is solely yours, that is ideal. If all else fails, go for a walk.
Take care of yourself and your well-being. These are trying times for all of us. Whether it is calling a friend, going for a short walk, or focusing on your breathing for a few minutes, you must take the time to focus on both your mental and physical well-being. If you usually see a therapist, move your sessions to phone or video calls. And limit the amount of time you spending reading or watching the news to help prevent anxiety.
Focus on something other than your spouse. We all know how easy it can be to ruminate on how frustrating or annoying someone can be, especially when you are stuck with them while experiencing these emotions. So, direct your attention to something else.
Schedule video calls with friends and family. Since you cannot go out to see friends and family, bring them to you. I am sure everyone is very familiar with their FaceTime and video chat apps by now and, although it does not substitute for the real deal, video calls are the perfect way to keep in touch with the outside world.
Consult with your attorney. If you have questions throughout the divorce process, reach out to your attorney for guidance. We are staying on top of the law and how it is being affected by COVID-19 regulations. Our team is here to help, whether it is offering our services remotely, or helping navigate the legal system during this time of constant change and instability.
This is a confusing time, and many of us are being faced with circumstances we never anticipated. Just remember, you have resources to help you through this. If you have questions about divorce during this unprecedented time, please email Laurie Wasserman at email@example.com or call our main number 410-842-1070. For the foreseeable future, we will be available by telephone and virtually to serve our clients.
If you are in a domestic abuse situation and need help, please call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522. Domestic abuse is a serious matter and can be heightened during times like now, where we are encouraging social distancing and quarantine. Our attorneys will continue to handle domestic violence cases throughout this time. Courts are still open to handle these important proceedings.