Beyond serious health concerns, COVID-19 is dramatically impacting every aspect of life – from marriage to finances. After so much forced togetherness, many ask if it’s possible to file for divorce while the courts are closed. Those who are already divorced or separated face unique challenges, like trying to afford child support after a sudden job loss. Single, married or apart, growing financial woes have many considering bankruptcy. 

Family law attorney Carolyn Grimes and bankruptcy attorney Xue Connelly host a webinar covering divorce, separation and bankruptcy during the COVID-19 crisis.

The topics covered include: 

  • How to file for divorce with the courts closed
  • Using mediation to resolve family law issues
  • Paying for child support and/or alimony after suddenly losing a job
  • Arranging a custody schedule now that schools are closed
  • Filing for bankruptcy to attain financial relief
  • What not to do if you’re considering bankruptcy
  • Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy?
  • Filing for bankruptcy electronically


Carolyn Grimes is a partner at Friedman, Grimes, Meinken & Leischner PLLC. She practices in all areas of family law, including divorce, spousal support, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, retirement issues, and prenuptial agreements, among other areas. In addition to traditional litigation, Ms. Grimes practices law in the collaborative law model. She is also a mediator herself. Among her many achievements, she has been named in U.S. News & World Reports’ “Best Lawyers in America” since 2014, a Super Lawyer since 2007 and a Top Lawyers by Northern Virginia Magazine since 2011. 

Xue Connelly is an associate at Friedman, Grimes, Meinken & Leischner PLLC. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy, wills, trusts and estates. Ms. Connelly helps individuals and small businesses throughout Northern Virginia protect their assets. She has extensive experience handling all forms of bankruptcy, including Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 for individuals, and Chapter 7  for businesses. She also concentrates on estate planning and administration, advising clients on the latest and most efficient asset-protection strategies.