The COVID-19 pandemic is still not yet behind us, though we’re now seeing a relaxation of restrictions across the country and the globe. As many pandemics do, this one came with many surges, peaks, and valleys.
Divorce rates increased across the board during the pandemic, but the ebb and flow of these surges influenced the number of divorces month to month. As restrictions loosen, we’re seeing a small decrease in the number of divorces.
Abuse comes in many forms, and unfortunately emotional abuse can and often does go under the radar. When it comes to child custody disputes and proceedings, it is critical that these behaviors from either parent or other relatives are identified and presented. As we’ve covered previously, CA family law prioritizes the safety and the well-being of a child.
Most people who want to leave a marriage will initiate the process via a formal divorce, but others take a more passive approach. When someone simply walks away from his or her marriage and related commitments, this is known as spousal abandonment. This can happen in a variety of ways, whether a person “vanished” or is just refusing to acknowledge his/her spouse and children or offer them any support.