Increased Violence, Bitterness in Divorce Cases Due to Coronavirus
The coronavirus crisis has caused a lot of anxiety in Americans. People are scared to leave their homes. Many have stocked up on hand sanitizer and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus. Millions have lost their jobs and are struggling with finances.
For those who have divorced, COVID-19 has also caused issues with their relationships with their children and ex-spouses. Many have dealt with child custody issues, especially as they pertained to stay-at-home orders. Some parents have asked for full custody as some parents worked on the front lines as health care workers caring for coronavirus patients. Some parents were withholding custody and visitation from the other parent, forcing states to step in and handle the disputes. This has caused a lot of tension in relationships.
As we seem to be opening up the country, though, the bitterness and violence appears to be heating up. The fear people once had about contracting COVID-19 has turned into anger. People are frustrated and confused. Tempers are flaring. People are stuck at home, and those who haven’t divorced yet are now thinking about it as they are quarantined with spouses they can no longer tolerate. This has led to assault and other domestic violence cases.
On top of everything else, the economy has seen a downturn. Many have lost their jobs and are no longer paying child support. Those who still have a job are trying to manipulate their ex-spouses so they can pay less.
Maryland is starting to open little by little. Not all courts are open yet, though, so getting a divorce or dealing with legal issues can be challenging, although a person can file an emergency order or call the police if their safety is at risk. In the meantime, combative spouses should try to physically distance themselves from each as much as possible. People should also try to be thoughtful and reasonable, especially if children are involved. Lawyers are seeing parents displaying major hatred and bitterness toward each other in front of the children, which is not a good idea. Kids are also stressed out right now and it’s best to try to normalize things as much as possible for now.
However, if you are currently married but looking to file for divorce, start the process now. Call a family law attorney now and ask them questions now. Things are expected to take longer than usual, so get the process started as soon as you can.
Contact a Maryland Family Law Attorney Today
COVID-19 has brought about a lot of anxiety in divorced couples as well as married couples who are on the brink of divorce. Child custody was the main concern for a while, and now there have been issues involving finances and even domestic violence.
If you are having issues with your ex-spouse or even your current spouse, take prompt action. The Columbia divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help you with your case. Our team can help you handle a variety of family law issues. We have two offices to serve you. To schedule a free consultation, call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form.