The divorce process during the COVID-19 pandemic can be confusing, but current restrictions give you time to appropriately assess your needs and concerns. Family law attorney Jessica Leischner shares her insights on what you should keep in mind as you contemplate filing for divorce during the pandemic:
The Financial Impact of a Divorce
After a divorce, dividing assets and maintaining multiple households can increase expenses for your family. Additionally, the uncertainty of your financial future during a pandemic can be unsettling and influential to whether you want to file for divorce. However, given present restrictions, now is a perfect time to think ahead and determine if you want to move forward with a divorce. Researching the divorce process steps and guidelines will be essential whether you are certainly filing for divorce now or you are considering doing so in the future.
Prepare Now While Courts are Closed
Currently, each jurisdiction has a different set of procedures. In Northern Virginia, most are limiting in-person court appearances except in the case of an emergency. Even with courts close, you shouldn’t wait to file. Getting on a court’s docket can take a long time, even putting the pandemic aside. Once courts open, you’ll be able to schedule your final hearing.
Bottom line: The best thing to do right now is make sure you are aware of your financial situation before filing for divorce. Both parties should know what their finances are, including their monthly expenses, monthly income, current accounts and any changing funds.
Wade Grimes Freidman Meinken & Leischner PLLC is here for you during this difficult time by continuing to remain open and fully functioning. Our attorneys are available for phone or video consultations to meet your needs. Contact Jessica Leischner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carolyn Grimes at email@example.com.
Carolyn Grimes is a partner in the firm, practicing in all areas of family law including divorce, spousal support, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, retirement issues, and prenuptial agreements, among other areas. She practices in all of the Circuit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts in Northern Virginia and has argued before the Court of Appeals. She has lectured on family law topics ranging from custody to retirement issues, including military, federal, civilian and Foreign Service retirement issues, for various organizations in the Commonwealth. In addition to traditional litigation, Ms. Grimes practices law in the collaborative law model. She is also a mediator herself. Named a Top Attorney in 2015 from Washingtonian Magazine, Ms. Grimes actively serves the community as well. She was the 2009 and 2006 President of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV), has served on its Board for many years and has performed many hours of pro bono work for the organization. She is a Past President of the Alexandria Bar Association, for which she has co-chaired the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and chaired the “Beat the Odds” Program, a scholarship program for youths who have overcome adversity. She also participated in the American Bar Association program offering legal assistance to victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. She is currently serving her second term on Bar Council for the Virginia State Bar and has been a panel chair for the Virginia State Bar Fee Dispute Program as well.
Jessica L. Leischner is partner with Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner, PLLC. As an accomplished family law attorney, litigator and mediator serving Northern Virginia, Ms. Leischner represents clients in Fairfax County, Alexandria City, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, and Prince William County. Ms. Leischner’s practice is exclusively in the area of family law, including divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution, settlement agreements, property rights, post-divorce disputes and other family law matters. With the proximity to Washington, D.C., Ms. Leischner has extensive experience in cases involving federal government employees, military personnel, Foreign Service employees, including complex retirement issues. Ms. Leischner has widespread experience in litigation, as well as the negotiation and settlement of cases.