In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a pause on life in Concord. While restaurants, movie theaters and stores have reopened, most of us are not going out as much as we used to. Many of us are working or going to school from home, and things involving large crowds are still a bad idea.

The pandemic’s effect on our lives, along with the financial worries caused by the recession, has many people putting off important decisions, such as if they should get divorced. The sense is that now is not the time to make major life changes. But that might not be the right perspective, especially since it looks like COVID-19 is going to be around for a while longer.

Reasons not to wait for divorce

For one thing, if you are experiencing domestic violence or sexual or emotional abuse, you should consider leaving as soon as possible. Fortunately, most people considering divorce are not the victims of a crime. Common reasons people file for divorce include financial problems and infidelity. Often, the person seeking a divorce has simply realized that they no longer feel the same way about their spouse that they used to.

These realizations happen all the time but may be more common than ever. Couples throughout Concord are spending more time at home together than ever before. The stress of working and raising children together during a pandemic is compounding long-standing relationship problems. Without the break that work and hobbies used to provide, these issues are more clear than ever.

Divorce is still available in North Carolina

The pandemic has changed how divorce works in North Carolina, but courts are open, and divorce proceedings are happening. Video chat may have replaced face-to-face meetings for now, but you can still talk to an experienced family law attorney about how to proceed with matters like child custody and property division.