This blog was written exclusively for It’s Over Easy® and addresses the additional challenges of divorcing during the holidays and a pandemic. Although we may not have full data for some time on how COVID-19 has affected divorce rates, there is evidence to suggest the pandemic did indeed put high strain on more marriages. Even for couples who make it through the holidays, the New Year could serve as a wake-up call, and we’ve seen past Januarys yield upticks in divorce filings, awarding it the name “Divorce Month.” If you are one of the many people re-evaluating your marriage and considering divorce anytime soon, there are several key factors to keep in mind that could make the process go more smoothly for you.

Divorce proceedings, including uncontested divorces (which are usually the quickest and least expensive way to get divorced) are taking an extended amount of time because of the pandemic. With almost all courts shut down at some point in 2020, there remains a massive backlog of divorce cases in many jurisdictions. Pile on the increased number of divorce actions, and you’ll likely wait more time than usual for your divorce to be final. Also, meetings, hearings and trials are being held virtually, which adds another layer of stress. So take deep breaths and focus on your wellness as the process grinds on.

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