Many couples contemplating divorce before the pandemic put things on hold while they waited out the stress and uncertainty. A lot of people were reluctant to move forward with divorce mediation with their kids home from school, and the housing and employment markets all over the place.
Now that the state is slowly opening up, it has become clear that the old normal may be a ways away. But, there are some hopeful signs of progress. The housing market seems to be recovering, so that divorcing couples who want to sell their home will be able to move ahead. Similarly, with stores and restaurants re-opening, employment is slowly rebounding in some sectors. In addition, the stock market seems to also be stabilizing, improving investment and retirement accounts. As a result, it may be a good time to start working out your future plans through divorce mediation even if we are living in a different reality.
At Westfield Mediation, LLC we help our divorcing clients craft parenting and financial plans that are flexible enough to work even in uncertain times. For example, we can design parenting plans that account for changing school and camp schedules. Similarly, the child support and alimony provisions in our clients’ agreements are designed to be adjusted as needed if income and employment issues arise. We also work with couples who are already divorced to modify their existing arrangements as circumstances change over time.
While the changes to our lives that came with Covid 19 were unpredictable, as divorce mediators who create plans that need to hold up over long periods of time, we are used to drafting agreements that work for now, and also account for unexpected developments.
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.