As divorce mediators, we have been seeing firsthand that the stresses of life as a divorcing or divorced couple have been made that much harder by the new guidelines for daily life in place during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Many couples who have decided to get divorced are currently confined to their homes together because of the pandemic, adding to heightened tension all around. Moreover, the family’s ability to move forward by either selling their home, renting or buying a new home, or changing jobs has become much more limited, at least in the short term. A lot of people are currently unemployed and dealing with enormous financial pressures.
Similarly, in post-divorce households, ex-spouses are also dealing with new potential obstacles. Following parenting plans has become more fraught, with increased concerns about the children’s health, education, and activities. In addition, neutral places to pick up kids when they change households – like schools and libraries - have been closed. Moreover, when issues or disputes arise, the courts are providing only limited services to parents seeking enforcement of parenting plans.
At Westfield Mediation, LLC, we are continuing to help our divorce mediation clients get through these trying times. With calm compassion, we guide our clients through the sometimes complicated separation process to make workable plans for their future. In our experience, we have found that looking forward and creating practical plans for the days and years ahead helps people cope with the uncertainty and difficulty of their current circumstances.
For more information about divorce mediation, please contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, M. Ed., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, at Westfield Mediation, LLC.