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Getting a Divorce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Divorce is complicated, even in the best of times. But when outside forces like a pandemic or natural disaster come into play, the rules surrounding the typical legal process can change.

The COVID-19 virus has caused many courts to shut down and cases to be put on hold. You need to pay attention to your state’s current coronavirus laws to know:

  • If you can leave your house for a court date or hearing
  • If divorce or court proceedings are considered “essential business”
  • How your local court is handling the pandemic
  • Whether your trial or court date is being rescheduled
  • If virtual meetings or mediation is possible

Note: Some courts in states with fewer reported cases of the virus are staying open at this time. You can see the status of various federal court orders on

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