5 Considerations for People Going Through a Divorce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When COVID-19 put many portions of the country under lockdown and social restrictions this year, people found themselves spending a lot more time at home. While many have enjoyed the experience of working from home and being quarantined with their family members, the forced togetherness has certainly not been good for some marriages and relationships. Indeed, by April 2020, the interest in divorce had already increased by 34% in the United States. 

If you find yourself going through a divorce this year, read on to discover five important issues we recommend that you take under consideration.



The global and national economies have seen significant effects and instability as a result of fears related to COVID-19. If you’re currently in the process of negotiating the allocation of assets and finances during your divorce, it’s important to be mindful of the impact the economy and market may have on these assets.

Financial Obligations:


For divorcing spouses who have lost their employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are likely questions and concerns surrounding financial obligations such as alimony or child support payments. If you’ve suffered a change in financial circumstances, it’s important to address your situation with your attorney to see if anything can be modified or done to alleviate some financial pressure.

Health Insurance:


Now is certainly not an ideal time to be without medical insurance coverage. If you’re going through a divorce, keep in mind that your health insurance plan will likely need to change if you were a member of your former spouse’s health insurance policy. Make sure you know your situation and your options before the divorce is finalized.

Parenting Concerns and Communication:


For divorcing spouses with children, now is the time to set aside any animosity and cooperate with each other in the best interests of their children. It’s crucial that each parent stay updated and provide notice to the other parent of any health-related changes impacting their child or whether anyone in their respective homes has tested positive for the COVI-19 virus. Parents should also timely share Coronavirus-related information received from their children’s school or extra-curricular activities.

Court Operations:


For those who need certain divorce matters addressed in court or in a mediation, they may have found certain court dates and meetings being postponed or altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is something for anyone in the middle of divorce proceedings to be aware of and to discuss with their attorney.

Contact Us:

A divorce is never easy. The events of 2020 have undoubtedly made family law issues even more difficult. However, a knowledgeable family law attorney can assist you with the legal issues surrounding your divorce, especially any new concerns or questions that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

David W. Knecht has years of experience handling various divorce cases in California. Contact David Knecht Law at 707-451-4502 today to learn more or schedule a consultation.