The past two months have turned everyone’s lives upside down. It’s been especially difficult for those are divorcing and had to postpone the process until the health emergency settles down.

Governor Greg Abbott allowed his stay-at-home order to expire on April 30. It is only a few days until the courts reopen. How have you fared during this stressful time?

Finding hope after a “pandemic divorce”

While it hasn’t been an easy time, there are steps you can take to reclaim a positive outlook for the future, both in your professional and personal lives:

  • Career aspirations: It hasn’t been easy to focus on your job, whether you’ve continued going to work, working from home or have been furloughed or laid off. Take the time now to assess where your career is and where you want it to go.
  • Find your passion: Stress! Disappointment! Shell shock! Sound familiar? Those are some of the feelings most have experienced over the past several weeks. However, now is the time to set goals for rebuilding your life after your divorce and focusing on the positive things you want for the future.
  • Highlight your skills: If you are searching for a new and better job, now is an excellent time to reassess your resume and highlight your skills and talent. Your resume should reflect the unique abilities you bring to the table for a prospective employer.
  • Scrutinize job postings: During difficult times such as this, unscrupulous actors do their best to take advantage of others. When applying for any job online, ensure that sites are legit and have security and privacy provisions to safeguard your personal information.

Be patient as courts reopen

The Texas Office of Court Administration recently released guidance that state courts will begin to hold hearings once again after June 1. However, protective measures will be in place, such as masks, courtroom cleanings and social distancing requirements. Jury trials are not expected to resume until later in the summer.

Those guidelines will be enforced to protect the safety of the public while the pandemic continues. While it may cause some delays for divorce proceedings, legal guidance is available.

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