Irreconcilable In Isolation: What It's Like to Get a Divorce During Quarantine
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler, Jaime King and Kyle Newman, and Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy have all gotten divorced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 26, 2020 at 10:11am PDTMaybe. But for those who can't reconcile the relationship, the already complicated divorce process has gotten even messier. In Los Angeles County, where many of Wasser's high-end clients live, documents must be dropped off in a box at the courthouse. Because judges aren't hearing non-emergency cases, some divorce proceedings are being calendared for some time later this summer. And while some states do allow for electronic filings, it's still hard to get in front of a judge who can make decisions, orders, or rulings until courthouses fully open back up again.
"What I tell people is there's nothing, even quarantine, that's stopping you from being able to work things out and resolve your issues," Wasser says."In your head, if you need to feel like, okay, I'm divorced, you're divorced. The rest of it's just paper work and administrative."
Jaime King with Kyle Newman in December 2019.Ethan MillerGetty ImagesWasser says that aside from custody there are four things to consider when getting divorced: How much do you make? How much do you spend? What are your assets? And what do you owe?Once that's determined, her cases can last anywhere from six to 18 months. Now it will take"significantly longer" for her cases to process, she says,"which is an incentive [for my clients] to find a way to work it out."
One vehicle for a quick quaranvorce is through an online divorce service. Wasser runs one calledIt's Over Easy, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to split from a spouse without ever leaving home. The caveat, she says, is that both parties must be on relatively good terms.
"If you don't have a ton of conflict that a judge needs to make a decision on, and if both parties actually get along well enough, they can go through their entire divorce online, and then submit it to the court," she says."We've had a real boost in sales right now, because people are stuck at home."
Laura WasserCourtesySome of the biggest causes of a quaranvorce are financial strain (like after a spouse loses their job) and tensions arising around the role of domestic responsibilities. Wasser says it's important for couples to take a step back and see the bigger picture—self-isolation is only temporary.
"Know that at some point we are going to come out of this, and we will have to go back to real life and dealing with our co-parents, our estranged spouses, our exes," she says."Be reasonable and be kind to each other in the interim."
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