At this point, I’ve been sent the same memes about divorce following COVID-19 many times over by friends, relatives, colleagues and even clients. Everyone is abuzz that in addition to the havoc the COVID-19 virus is wreaking on the health and well-being of the world population and the immeasurable economic impact, marriages are falling apart at the seams and the divorce rate is skyrocketing! As a divorce attorney, I assure you that is, in part, fake news.
The three–Esther Schonfeld, Rachel Marks, and David Seidemann–concurred that in a matter that is somewhat related to the way shiduchim are made today, many of the divorces taking place amongst young couples in their twenties involve untreated mental-health issues.
According to attorney Esther Schonfeld, “Prenups are in fact conducive to a healthy marriage. They offer predictability and give people peace of mind to be vulnerable in their relationship because they know they are protected should things not go well.”
A recent Second Department decision is adding some confusion to the already complex issues relating to Get refusal and the court’s ability to alter the disposition of a case or condition terms on a party’s refusal to remove barriers to the other’s remarriage.
Parenting has its daily struggles. Now, more than ever, it is our responsibility to ensure that our children are given security and love so that we get through these unusual times.