As we read our papers and watch the news, we can’t help but see the great damage this virus has done to our world: deaths of friends, acquaintances, relatives; damage to the health of those same groups of folks; financial loss to individuals, businesses, governments, and most of the world. Unimaginable damage. The emotional and psychological strain of all this damage, and the resulting fears and desperation, can also take a toll on long-term relationships.
We’ve seen this in the past on a much smaller scale when the economy took a dive and couples’ assets became much less valuable, or income was decreased (or went away altogether). Of the many changes to our lives resulting from this pandemic, any one of them could have a profound impact on a relationship. When that happens, some of us find strength in friends, relatives, taking care of ourselves through therapy, meditation, or other self-care approaches. Others are overwhelmed to the point of seeking to escape a relationship, or they become more aware that what seemed like an OK relationship in normal times, just couldn’t stand the test of this much trauma (or simply didn’t provide what was needed in such a tough time).
How We Can Help
We don’t promote ending marriages (just like a heart surgeon doesn’t promote poor heart health habits), but we are here to help people transition out of relationships which they no longer want to continue. But when they do reach out to us, we use our best efforts to determine if they have done all they can to make that relationship work.
Have they worked on their communication?
Have they worked on themselves to be sure they are bringing their best self to the relationship?
Have they worked with a good marriage counselor and given that process an honest try before walking away?
I often tell people that if folks would just find a way to get along better and continue their relationships, we’d be happy to find something else to do for a living. Unfortunately for our families, children, and communities, I don’t see that happening. But if it must happen, at least it doesn’t have to create permanent damage to all involved.
Navigating Divorce with Minimal Damage
There are many ways to get through a divorce with minimal damage, and a good lawyer will work with their client to find the best way for them. Those who do seek a divorce now, or in the near future, will face different issues than the norm.
- Investment asset values may be depressed for a while.
- Business values may be low right now.
- Cash flow may be tight.
These circumstances will make divorce more complex, but there are ways to deal with all of this in a way that is fair to both parties. It takes more work and creativity, but experienced and thoughtful lawyers can help get clients in this situation to the other end with a result that they can live with and a chance to move on with their lives.
For more information on how we can help you navigate these tough times, contact Hance Law Group at (469) 374-9600.