Lawyer’s new book on divorce: Family law in a pandemic
Social distancing’s push to use technology has enhanced client service, says Russell Alexander
Stuck in lockdown, how do you keep your marriage together? If that does not work, how do you get a divorce during a global pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic has – for better or worse – brought families together, provided they had been living together in mid-March. Lindsay-Ont.-area family lawyer Russell Alexander was set to publish his second book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce, when the pandemic struck. He delayed publication to add a new chapter focussed on the family-law issues emerging from COVID-19.
“The coronavirus raised a whole set of issues,” said Alexander, founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers, in a press release. “How do you handle co-parenting handoffs during a lockdown? How do you address spousal support during a worldwide recession? Should risk of contracting the virus factor into custody decisions? My goal with this book was to help families get answers.”