Although divorce rates did go up and many more cases were predicted for divorce rates to increase dramatically during Covid, Long Island divorce rates actually fell 31.6% during the first year of the pandemic.
Much of this is attributed by experts to limited court operations since the courts were essentially closed completely and then only became available through electronic filings for divorce and very limited conference or accessibility, unless you had an actual “dire emergency” that qualified for the court.
The fact that the courts were unavailable to people and still have limited availability to everyone, has not changed the need for people to have intervention or help in their marital circumstances.
This is why the Collaborative Process is so vital. It helps spouses and families navigate all the issues that are required to be addressed in a divorce proceeding without the necessity of the court system. In essence, “court intervention” would only be required for the actual filing of divorce papers. The parties could negotiate all other issues of their conflict and/or dispute, and resolve their divorce outside of court and only their paperwork would need to go to Court.
Based upon an article by Rachelle Blidner, newsday.com
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