In this Wealth Matters Column in the New York Times, I talked about options that are available to couples who want to divorce while the courts are closed or backlogged during the coronavirus pandemic. The columnist, Paul Sullivan, was particularly interested in what options were available if people were negotiating child and spousal support agreements during this time when their financial situation may be precarious.
This was a great question because many couples may know that their marriage is over but they don’t know how they can divorce if there are economic uncertainties. My best advice to these couples is to do everything you can to stay out of court so that you can negotiate an agreement that is flexible enough to address financial changes in the future. For example:
1. If you are not working now, we can draft the child support or spousal agreement to state what will happen if you return to work in the future.