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    For couples who might have been on the fence about getting a divorce, the stay-at-home orders caused by COVID-19 have made it very clear to some of them that a split is necessary and unavoidable. Now, the biggest question is: Can you get a Michigan divorce during a pandemic?

    Technology Is Your Friend

    As much as it might feel like your divorce is an emergency, to the courts it is not. Most courthouses are closed right now except for emergencies. You can expect delays regarding everything from applications for interim child support to matters involving child custody. This is especially frustrating if your parenting time is being negatively affected by the coronavirus.

    Don’t get your hopes up, but there are courts that are making it possible for some divorce documents to be e-filed. In certain jurisdictions, there is even an opportunity to video conference with the judge in your divorce case. This kind of communication typically only works for straightforward, amicable divorces, and, of course, the technologically advanced courts.

    Look for Alternatives

    There are matters in your split that can move forward even if courthouses are closed, your case isn’t being heard, and your motions can’t be filed. It just might not happen in any traditional way. Enter: divorce mediation and divorce arbitration.

    • Divorce mediation: Mediation is considered an alternative to the conventional court process. You’ll need to be in a good place with your ex, have similar ideas about settlement, and be willing to work together fairly to make this a successful choice for your marriage’s end. Because the environment is informal in mediation anyway, this is something that won’t feel too odd happening over Zoom or FaceTime.

      Mediation should be done in conjunction with the advice of a good Michigan divorce lawyer. If you’re impatient about a stalled divorce, opting for mediation while you wait for courts to be ready for you can make you feel like you’re making progress on your divorce.
    • Divorce arbitration: In divorce arbitration, you get to pick the venue anyway – so virtual it shall be. This alternative dispute resolution can be helpful and cost-effective when the couple agrees that the arbitrator’s judgment will be the final word on a difficult-to-settle matter, whether you’re drawing up a custody agreement, parenting schedule, or otherwise.

      You’ll want to talk to your attorney about the rules in your jurisdiction and what delays in your proceedings might mean for you now during COVID-19 and after, whenever that may be. You could potentially save yourself money and fees by giving serious thought to arbitration and all its benefits.

    Get a Michigan Divorce Lawyer During COVID-19

    Life as we know it has changed. If you were in the middle of a divorce, you’re undoubtedly feeling like you’re in limbo. No matter what stage of divorce you’re in – even if you haven’t filed yet – changing finances, job losses, and difficulty finding housing will all impact the road ahead.

    If you’re new to your “I want a divorce” decision, the first thing to do is find a Michigan divorce lawyer. This you can do through phone meetings or video chats. Divorce lawyers are still working, even though they’re not doing so face-to-face. Contact the family law attorneys at Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb, MI, to discuss your situation today.


    What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

    Family Law Expertise

    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

    Strong Relationships

    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

    We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

    Expert Staff

    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

    Personal Service

    At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

    We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

    During traditional business hours, please call us at: (586) 954-9500

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