It is probably common knowledge that courts are open but handling most matters virtually due to Covid-19. Obviously, this can slow down how fast a matter is processed from beginning to end in a lot of cases. But what surprises some people, is that couples seeking an uncontested divorce might be able to get one more easily and cheaper than before Covid-19. The reasons are simple actually.
For couples with minor children, the required court approved parenting program can currently be done virtually, saving people travel time going to and from an in-person class.
And for all divorcing parties, before a settlement is final, a judge must approve the separation agreement. Before Covid the separation agreements were reviewed in a physical courthouse, with both parties present usually. This would involve travel time, and waiting time, because there would often be many sets of parties waiting to see the same judge. Now that courts are working virtually, these agreements are often reviewed by judges with the parties appearing via zoom. The time for the parties to appear is more specific than before, which cuts out driving time, and significantly cuts down on waiting time. And that saves money as well, because it leads to less time spent by counsel getting the agreement approved.