For many in the U.S, COVID-19 marked the beginning of an incredibly difficult and precarious situation. The pandemic caused many companies to grind to a halt, which led to issues for millions who have lost or may lose their jobs. 

Virtual learning has become the current norm in order to keep students from transferring the virus among themselves and their family and friends. This is a sharp departure from how school normally functions, leading to kids being isolated at home. 

Because of societal and economic factors, families are under enormous strain. Sometimes, even the strongest bonds may break because of the coronavirus. 

In this KGP blog, we explore how the coronavirus has affected families, family law, and the way we think about life. 

How The Coronavirus Has Affected Families: A Closer Look 

The way that families would cope with such foreign circumstances was of interest to many researchers across the country. 

So far, researchers have discovered even more depression and anxiety among Americans, which was incredibly high before the pandemic. 

Now, the amount of depression and anxiety has been increased to record levels, which is associated with further mental, emotional, and even physical decline. 

Families and married couples alike have faced unique struggles during the era of COVID-19. While others may feel isolated, families are in closer proximity than ever before. Many parents are now working from home, while their children are partaking in virtual learning. Such a shift in the norm can be beneficial or detrimental, depending on the family structure. 

The stress factors that often lead to divorce increased once the pandemic hit. For instance, a lack of individual freedom, economic hardship, or worry about the health and safety of members of the family can wear away at someone’s mind and soul. This can eventually cause a tear in the fabric of the marriage, ultimately resulting in a divorce. 

What You Need to Know if You Need A Divorce

Sometimes, even after doing everything right, issues can still be too great to overcome. If you find that divorce may be inevitable, here is what you should know: 

The Cost of Divorce

This will often be the first question you have after you decide on divorce. If job loss or a lack of funds led to the strains in your marriage, then the cost of this procedure may seem insurmountable. There is no flat rate for divorces, as the cost varies depending on a myriad of factors. If you’re unsure, you can always contact a divorce lawyer for a free consultation.

The Meaning of No-Fault Divorce

The state of Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that fault does not have to be proven in order for a divorce to be granted. To put it bluntly, no-fault divorces can occur when either one or both parties simply decide not to be married anymore.  There does not need to be a grave underlying factor (i.e. adultery or addiction) in order for a divorce to be granted. 

The Way Assets Become Divided In Michigan After a Divorce

Upon filing for divorce, assets must be divided. In Michigan, the division follows what is known as “equal distribution.” This simply means that property will be divided in a 50-50 split, or as close to that as possible. Factors such as financial circumstances do come into play when determining asset division, however, as can the issue of a party committing marital waste of joint assets. 

The Importance of Hiring a Divorce Attorney

A divorce lawyer can make the entire divorce process run as smoothly as possible. Divorces, even uncontested no-fault divorces, are complicated given the ramifications with not only custody and parenting time but with the division of assets.  It is in your best interest to work with a divorce attorney who understands the state’s laws and courtroom procedures. 

If you are in Michigan and you are considering divorce, contact Kecskes, Gadd, & Parker. We offer free consultations so we can go over the details and provide the right guidance. We are here to help, no matter how complex your case may be.

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