Recently, a husband and wife were having a disagreement over how to discipline their child. This escalated into a full blown argument. Voices were raised and tensions were heightened. Unfortunately, a physical altercation ensued and the police were called. One of the parents was arrested and charged with battery and a domestic violence injunction was issued.
Sadly, this happens everyday everywhere. What made this incident different? This occurred during the times we live in now – the COVID-19 pandemic – a disease that plays no favorites and has affected everyone in some way or another. All of us are on edge – we may have lost our job with bills that can’t be paid and uncertainty on when they will be able to. We may have family or friends that were infected and their health in doubt or sadly have passed away. Most if not all of us are sheltered in place or ordered to stay home which feels isolating at best.
All of these stressors that we are all dealing with were also affecting these parents. What separated them from most of us is that they were going through a divorce. What made this situation more difficult was they were still living together. You see both parents lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Neither parent was financially able to live independent of the other. They were forced to live under one roof, shelter in place with no income and also struggle with the end of their marriage. It was not surprising that these events created a perfect storm that end in physical violence.
Living with this pandemic is stressful even in the best of circumstances. It has physical, financial, and emotional costs. But combined with the stressors of divorce, it resulted in an unintended consequence and now the parents are forced to deal with the criminal justice system.
What would be helpful in this situation? Reaching out for support from family and friends and engaging a counselor to help in keeping the peace throughout the divorce. During this time, its imperative that both parents have legal counsel that are supportive and cooperative in helping both of them achieve a fair and peaceful outcome. If resources are an issue which is not uncommon during this time, a mediator can be engaged to help the parents reach an equally fair result.
We are navigating through unchartered waters. It can become rough and choppy during a divorce. Make sure you have the proper guidance, direction and support to guide you during this perfect storm.
If you have additional questions or concerns Contact Attorney Anthony Diaz today at email@example.com to discuss any family or marital legal issues you may be experiencing.