COVID Delay in Divorce? What Happens Next

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As the current COVID-19 crisis impacts more and more aspects of our everyday life, ongoing divorce proceedings are no exception. Unfortunately, the courts in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice have physically closed except for major emergencies and have greatly altered their daily operations.  This has led to delays in cases that were ongoing at the time of the pandemic. If you were in the midst of a contested divorce, you will be more anxious than ever to see your case get resolved as fast as possible. But in the meantime, there are steps you can take during the COVID delay to position yourself for a better settlement. One such action is consulting with a Sarasota divorce lawyer near you at the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell.

Rely on Common Sense and Good Judgment

Even though your emotions have been running high during your divorce, take a step back during the COVID delay and let your common sense and good judgment lead the way. By doing so, you will lessen the chances of doing or saying something to your soon-to-be ex-spouse that could be used against you once your divorce proceedings resume with in-person hearings, mediations, and trial again.

Use this Time to Negotiate

If there have been certain areas where you and your spouse have continually disagreed during your divorce proceedings, the COVID delay may give both of you the time needed to give a little bit on certain issues and negotiate a plan that will be beneficial to everyone involved. However, if you are using the delay to have ongoing direct negotiations with your spouse, never agree to or put anything in writing until you have discussed it with your Sarasota FL divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell first.

Hire a Sarasota Divorce Attorney and Use the Coronavirus Court Delays to Your Advantage

Though a delay in your divorce proceedings will be frustrating, do not let it derail your case. To discuss your various options in greater detail, consult today with a Sarasota divorce lawyer and call the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell at (941) 556-7020.  We have offices in both Sarasota, FL and Lakewood Ranch, FL and we handle divorces in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, FL.  We handle divorce cases exclusively in Sarasota County, Florida and Manatee County, Florida. We offer a 30-minute free initial phone consultation to discuss your divorce and see if we can help you out. Contact us today!

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