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 us.courts.gov.