The stimulus checks promised by President Donald Trump are just now starting to hit bank accounts. Many people will receive $1,200 plus $500 per child. While this may not be enough for those who have lost their jobs and cannot pay rent, some people are excited about the extra money and have big plans for it. Some may use it to pay off credit cards. Others may use it for medical expenses. They may spend it on their children. They may renovate their home or buy a new car. Some may even sock it away in their savings account.
Some people, however, are using it for divorce. Many family law attorneys are claiming that they have received calls from potential clients who are using their stimulus check for that purpose.
The average cost of a divorce is $15,000, and while nobody will receive that much from a stimulus check, the extra money will sure help.
While divorces are not necessarily on the rise right now, it is expected that filings will increase in a few months—most likely during the summer—as states lift the shelter in place orders and life starts to get back to normal. Marriages that were stable before the quarantine are not the ones breaking apart; it’s the ones that were already rocky, and the isolation is just adding to the stress.
Relationships take a long time to nurture. Couples do not fall in love overnight. Such an emotion can take months or even years. Therefore, you shouldn’t be so quick to turn to divorce. Spending so much time with a loved one can be draining. It can be annoying and frustrating, but don’t give up just yet. The current situation is new for many people and it’s something you;pre not used to. Try to give yourself some space and give the relationship some time. It’s very possible that things will get better soon.
Think about the reasons you want to divorce. Is it money? If so, divorcing won’t solve that. Most Americans are suffering through financial issues right now. Millions have lost their jobs. You’re not alone.
If the problem is primarily stress, think about why you are stressed out. Is it the kids being home all day? Are you worried about bills? Ask your spouse to help out. Communication is key. Don’t assume your husband or wife knows how you feel. Speak up and address your concerns.
Tempers are likely flaring as you’re having to deal with your spouse and kids 24/7. You may have no time to yourself and you feel frustrated. However, you shouldn’t make any rash decisions. You can’t undo divorce.
Give yourself some time after the quarantine to decide if divorce is really the answer. If you are ready to start the divorce process, get help from the Columbia divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. We have more than 20 years of experience helping people in your situation. To schedule a free consultation, call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form. We have two offices to serve you.
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