The Affects of COVID-19

We may have become used to wearing face coverings in public. We may even have accepted avoiding crowds or going to busy restaurants. But there are impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that may be less obvious, but just as, if not more, impactful. Such as the effects of COVID-19 on family law cases in North Carolina.

Direct Impact on Divorces

COVID-19 has had a direct impact on divorce in the state. Families are under more stress and finances may be stretched. Finding separate living accommodations may be more challenging. Courts have become backlogged. If you are considering or amid a divorce, keep in mind it is still better to try to work as a team, and that this too will pass. In the meantime, you can seek out the counsel of experienced family law and divorce attorneys in the state. We encourage you to contact the McAllister, Aldridge & Kreinbrink Law Firm, PLLC. The McAllister team will make sure you get and stay on track to a successful conclusion. While court proceedings may have slowed, there are still preparations that can be made now. It also may be time to consider mediation.

Custody and Visitation

In cases where child custody and visitation is concerned, the North Carolina Family Court Advisory Commission suggests that in the interests of the involved child or children, normal visitation schedules be maintained as closely as possible. Exceptions may be where a healthcare professional suggests changes should be made in the visitation schedule in the interest of the child. If there are extenuating situations where one parent or another may be at higher risk from COVID-19, legal representation should be sought.

The Future of Your Case

COVID-19 may be changing the way some family law cases are handled and the time it takes to proceed with them. It can pay to keep in mind, however, that they will eventually be resolved. The question then becomes how they will be resolved. The steps taken now can significantly impact the future of your family law case.

If you are considering divorce proceedings or are experiencing custody or other family law issues, contact the McAllister, Aldridge & Kreinbrink Law Firm in North Carolina today.