At the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 hit the world, unexpectedly and has brought new and difficult challenges to families. Whether you are a business owner in jeopardy of financial collapse, an employee scared of losing your job, or someone wondering how you’re ever going to find employment again, one thing is for certain: the coronavirus crisis has brought with it more stress than most people have experienced in their entire lives.

Unfortunately, while COVID-19 may have stopped you from being able to work, interact directly with others, go to the movies, or go to a ballgame; it has not stopped many of your other obligations and responsibilities. Despite the uncertainty about when the crisis will be over, the stress about whether you or a family member will get sick, or the unique financial pressures you are facing, it is best to develop a plan and move forward.

One thing that the coronavirus cannot stop (and, in many cases, has exacerbated) are issues and problems between spouses, both leading to and during a divorce. Whether you have been married for a few years or a few decades, working through the emotions of the uncertain question of “what if” can leave you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and unable to manage the changes you are going through. Don’t worry, a wide range of emotions is to be expected during a separation, but now, due to COVID-19, those feelings will likely be amplified greatly.

In addition to the stress and anxiety stemming from the coronavirus, you may feel angry, depressed, sad, indifferent, or relieved throughout the divorce process. Whatever you are feeling, know that you are not alone. During this volatile time, it is important to remember that you have family, friends and professionals who can help you during this troubling time. Reaching out to your support system, your family, your therapist and your attorney (even if you can only do so virtually) is crucial when you are facing a divorce.

So, what can you do to reduce stress and anxiety in a time where you’re going through an emotional divorce and there’s a global pandemic? A good first step is to get professional help.  Meet with a good therapist who can help you work through your fears and anxiety. You can also work with an attorney to learn the divorce process and what to expect along the way. Set clear and manageable goals for each stage of your divorce and remember your objectives. Express your feelings to your support system and let your objectives guide you throughout the divorce process.

At Conrad Trosch & Kemmy, we are here help guide you through your time of need. Our experienced team of family lawyers has decades of experience handling divorces. Even during these difficult times, our team is ready, willing, and able to help you through your divorce and give you peace of mind along the way.  If you need more information on your legal situation go to www.ctklawyers.com or if you need immediate help contact us at 704-553-8221 and we can set you up with an appointment with one of our qualified family law attorneys.

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