Alimony Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alimony Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alimony Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

A lot has changed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. From running errands to going on vacation, things look very different. Spousal support is just one of the many family court issues that has seen changes throughout the pandemic. However, a new and uncertain legal landscape should not keep you from getting what you deserve in a dispute. With the right knowledge and friendly experts on your side, you can settle your divorce with as much support and as little distress as possible. Learn more about alimony amid the COVID-19 pandemic with this rundown.

Alimony and the Economic Environment

Many different factors help courts determine alimony amounts, including the current economic environment. Difficult housing markets, widespread layoffs, business closures, and other economic issues affect spousal support requirements. So far, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a rollercoaster of economic effects. Courts keep this in mind when negotiating alimony.

Likewise, divorce courts look at the way health issues affect financial stability. When settling alimony, courts seek to come to an agreement that is fair for both parties. If your job is at all affected by the pandemic—whether through economic impacts or personal health crises—your lawyer will work with that while negotiating.

Modifications Due to COVID-19

Alimony modifications change the agreement made in the original court ruling. The divorce parties, lawyers, and court might make modifications depending on the terms of the divorce or significant financial changes for one party. Only substantial changes are enough to modify an alimony in Washington State, but COVID-19 is capable of such extreme circumstances. For example, if a pandemic-related health crisis causes you to lose your job, the court might see this as enough reason to review your case.

Navigating Alimony During a Pandemic

COVID-19 has brought endless forms of stress to our lives, and many relationships are feeling the strain of the pandemic. However, that is not a reason to put off negotiations or settle for an unfair agreement. If you are navigating your alimony amid the COVID-19 pandemic, find the advice and compassion you need when you work with a LaCoste Law spousal support attorney in Washington State. Our years of experience will help you achieve the results and the peace you deserve in the midst of your divorce and the pandemic.