FIRM NEWS | OCTOBER 8, 2020
Russell Alexander Offers Tips for Divorcing in Ontario During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Lawyers say couples should be prepared, as courtroom procedures have changed
With marriages strained by the coronavirus pandemic, interest in divorce is spiking. But divorce lawyer Russell Alexander warns that couples seeking to separate need to be prepared for a much different process than that which pre-dated the pandemic. Alexander is author of the new book, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce,” which he delayed the release of just to include a special bonus chapter on divorcing during a pandemic.
Courtroom procedures have changed due to social distancing requirements, while backlogs have made cases move slower than ever. Everyone from lawyers to judges will be communicating through video conferencing apps.
“The process of going through a divorce has undergone a dramatic transformation since March,” said, Alexander. “It’s harder, takes longer and can be more frustrating. That’s why we recommend working together instead of going to court.”
Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers has long helped clients find alternatives to messy and expensive courtroom battles, but Alexander said that a collaborative approach is more important than ever. With courtrooms facing a backlog of cases, divorces are taking longer and even when couples get time before a judge they are often talking through videoconferencing apps, which can make the process more stressful.
Alexander recommended that anyone seeking a divorce make sure that they have an up-to-date computer and high-speed internet in order to videoconference with their lawyers and court officials; consider alternatives to going to court, and be patient as the process unfolds.
“Divorce is never easy, but divorcing during a pandemic is going to be more stressful than usual as it drags on,” added Alexander. “If you don’t try a collaborative approach, you may find the pandemic is over before your marriage.”
The book, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce,” is available to purchase online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple Books, as well as through Bibliotheca, Rakuten Kobo, Tolino and Baker & Taylor. Readers may also pick up a copy at the list price of $22.12 at the firm’s six offices throughout Ontario. All proceeds will be donated to the Giving Fund in support of various community-based programs.