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The world as you know it has all but stopped. Your office is now your home office, your kids are out of school, your favorite restaurant is closed, and the sporting events you were looking forward to being canceled. If you have a pending divorce case, you are probably wondering how the COVID-19 court closures will impact your case. You can discuss how the court closures and other recent changes will affect your divorce with an experienced Aurora divorce lawyer.
Your divorce, in essence, is a lawsuit, which means it needs to go through the courts to be final. All Colorado courts are currently closed to protect the health and safety of every American. Courts are only attending to emergency matters right now. If you have an upcoming court appearance or hearing for your divorce, it has been canceled and will need to be rescheduled. The courts recommend that you reach out to your Aurora divorce lawyer to reschedule your court dates. In the meantime, if you need to file any motions or petitions, the process for doing so might have changed depending on the jurisdiction.
One of the significant parts of a divorce is finances and the division of assets. Some of these monies can be in retirement and investment accounts or business interests. If your financial situation has changed in light of the current crisis, you will need to consider this in your negotiations. An Aurora divorce lawyer can help ensure that you are accounting for any changes that have happened in the last several weeks.
Were you planning on selling your house in your divorce? Even in the best of circumstances, the decision to sell a house is complicated. There are many costs to be considered, but the corona pandemic probably made your calculations inaccurate moving forward. You may need to crunch numbers again and reconsider if you want to sell your home.
Child custody and visitation is another substantial matter in a divorce. If you are already living apart and have a co-parenting schedule, most courts are mandating adherence with the current agreement despite COVID-19 closures. Possession and access of the children should not be affected by pandemic school closures. If both parents are in mutual agreement of changes to the schedule, you can make changes. Now more than ever, it is crucial that you work with your spouse to create the best plan for your children during this national crisis. A skilled Aurora divorce lawyer can help you create such a plan or if you need to file an emergency custody petition with the courts.
If you need help with any aspect of your divorce during these already stressful times, reach out to a compassionate Aurora divorce attorney. Addressing your questions and concerns is our priority. Schedule your consultation today by calling the CNL Law Firm, PLLC at (720) 370-2171, or completing our online contact form. We are here for you 24/7.