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How 2020 Changed Family Law

Few markets, industries, or individuals escaped the long-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and family law was no exception. This year, the industry experienced sweeping changes - we're here to look at what those were.

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Courts Went Online

In a major change to court procedures, most elected to go online during the COVID-19 pandemic, holding hearings via video conferencing applications such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Even when courts reopen, don't expect to see things change in this regard. Enabling people to attend hearings even if they lack reliable transportation increases the chances of citizens showing up to court. It also makes it easier for individuals to handle court cases happening in Counties they live far away from.

Divorces went Down

Contrary to many divorce lawyers and analysts' expectations, data from 2020 suggests that the divorce rate actually went down in most states during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether couples are just waiting to file until things are more economically stable or spending more time together actually brought spouses closer throughout the year remains to be seen, but it's an interesting development either way.

Domestic Violence Increased

One of the unfortunate side-effects of COVID-19 appears to have been an increase in the rate of intimate partner violence. Most lawyers and law enforcement professionals hypothesize that more time spent at home and increased stress due to economic instability sped up the cycle of violence for many abusers, leading to more (and escalated) acts of domestic violence across the U.S.

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