Is It Still Possible to Get Divorced While Under a Stay At Home Order?
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a lot more time in close quarters with family. For couples who have already been having troubles in their marriage, this may result in those tensions finally boiling over to the point where they decide the best path forward is to get a divorce.
But can a divorce even proceed if you are under a stay at home order? Here’s what you should know.
Stay at home orders and divorce
In most cases, you should be able to proceed with your divorce, even while under a stay at home order, but this can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. While most courthouses across the nation have closed their doors to the public or have taken steps to limit in-person hearings, it is still possible for people to file electronic divorce petitions and the other paperwork necessary to get a divorce case started.
The way you proceed with a divorce during a stay at home order will likely depend on where you are at in the case. If the initial paperwork had already been filed before the stay at home order went into effect, closures in the courthouse might affect your case depending on what stage of it you are at. That doesn’t mean the case will be thrown out entirely, just that you can expect some delays.
If you haven’t filed your paperwork yet, the sooner the better, because the delays mean there is going to be a large backlog that only keeps getting larger. It’s better to file now than to wait until the stay at home order is lifted and put yourself farther down the line.
For more information about how to proceed with a divorce while under a stay at home order, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.