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Is Lockdown due to COVID-19 making your marriage problems worse?

How should you prepare for a divorce in Georgia?

Due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States many families are faced or will be soon faced with self-isolation and lockdowns. Experts suggest that American couples’ current circumstances could cause an increase in break ups and divorces, because managing relationships with family members and partners while in close confines for weeks on end can easily turn in to conflict.

Other countries confronting the COVID-19 outbreak like China, are already seeing divorce rates reach record high numbers, according to experts the U.S. is likely to follow the trend.

“Being together in a small space for a much longer period than usual under stressful conditions means more opportunities to amplify both positive and negative dynamics,” David Cates, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and director of behavioral health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center said. “My guess is that relationships with a strong foundation will survive and may even flourish, whereas those characterized by poor negotiation skills, destructive communication and lack of appreciation are more likely to buckle under the stress.”

“To survive and thrive during quarantine, couples should look for opportunities to show interest, find areas of agreement, express affection and appreciation and demonstrate empathy. And they need to do this during times of conflict. They should also recognize that worry, fear, stress and guilt are expected and normal reactions during quarantine and not criticize one another for expressing these feelings.”

If you find that you and your spouse relationship deteriorates even further during this lockdown and you decide to get a divorce in Georgia, and need more information about the process, here are some steps to take that would begin to prepare you for what’s to come.

  1. Be sure of your decision to file.

    Be sure you are completely comfortable with your decision and that your call is final and not reactive to the stressful situation of the quarantine. Once you have served your spouse with divorce papers, it can be difficult to go back on that decision. If you change your mind, and your spouse has filed a counterclaim you may not be able to stop the process.
  2. Gather Financial Information.

    Divorce usually has many financial implications, gathering your financial documents is an important step in preparing to file.
  3. Set goals for an attorney.

    When looking for representation, you need to have a clear picture of what you are looking for. Your divorce lawyer will be your guide through a stressful time and at times things can get really personal. So, you want to make sure your lawyer fits your style and goals.
  4. Figure Out Your Living Situation. Is your spouse planning on moving out? Do you plan to move elsewhere? Are you planning to share the household during the divorce proceedings? This question is vital as it relates to custody and ultimate possession of the home. On top of that, your behavior in the weeks and months leading up to your divorce can affect the outcome of your case. The best thing to do is to consult with a divorce attorney to best position yourself depending on your goals.
  1. Determine your goals for custody.

    It is important to think about this prior to meeting an attorney so that you can set clear goals as it relates to the best interest of your children.
  2. Develop a Support System.

    Divorce takes a deep emotional toll on a family. As important as it is hiring the right family law attorney, it is also important to surround yourself with a strong support network that can help you through a difficult time. Being emotionally stable will prepare you to make smarter choices during your divorce.

 Divorce proceedings can be a long process involving meeting with attorneys and making multiple court appearances. It can be a rough and draining process. Proceedings may examine your marriage under uncomfortable detail, from your marital relations, assets and property to what’s best for your children. Having a strong, supportive and experienced attorney by your side is key to obtaining your desired results. If you would like schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys call us at (770)-422-4142 or email us at

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