The “D” Word: When it’s Destiny, not Desperation, There’s no Reason to Delay

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The “D” Word: When it’s Destiny, not Desperation, There’s no Reason to Delay

It is the mission of this law firm, and the avowed commitment of each member of our team, to help our clients find and fulfill their own compelling future, by securing, enhancing, and protecting family values and healthy family relationships. Particularly now, in this time of public health emergency, when we have the capacity and the resources to continue serving the public and to carry-on with our mission in a safe and healthy manner, we ask that you please read the following piece with that understanding of our core values and commitments, to our mission, and to the health and well-being of our team members, clients, and the public. 

Among the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, it is widely expected that, once the emergency passes, there will be a great rush to do things that were not done during the emergency. Realtors, retailers, and restauranteurs are surely among those counting-on such a rush, once more usual activities resume.

In the field of family law, everyone from Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia (divorce attorney to the stars in the U.K.) to police officers on the beat have expressed their expectations that divorces will increase when the pandemic is over. It is a long-standing and well-recognized pattern that divorces peak following periods when couples have prolonged exposure to each other, such as after summer vacations and winter holidays.

Many strong and healthy relationships will not only survive, but will become stronger and healthier when the parties’ time and attention is more shared and more concentrated. For others though, the time together and the concentration of stressful issues like concerns about health and finances will highlight the weaknesses of the relationship and serve to hasten the parties’ inevitable separation.

A recent post in this space referred to this moment, when the family law courts are closed, but for emergencies and cases of domestic violence, as both a golden opportunity and a mandate for family law attorneys, to help clients address and resolve their unavoidable concerns. Family law firms with the resources, capacity, and more so with a creative approach, long experience, and broad respect in the field can work productively and achieve results in this environment. For those feeling desperate, it may be best to take a step back, perhaps engage a counselor, and rethink priorities before moving forward. But for those who clearly see their destiny, there is no reason to delay moving into their compelling new future.

Virtual LaMonaca Law is here to help now, just as our firm has been helping for more than twenty-five years.

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About Lawrence Welsh

Lawrence C. (Larry) Welsh joined the firm in 2003 after five years of practice with the Delaware County Public Defender’s Office. Native to Lansdowne in Delaware County where he attended public schools, Larry graduated from St. Joseph’s College (in its pre-University days) and taught school briefly before entering the hospitality industry and working his way through hotels, restaurants and resorts in four states and the District of Columbia. As a graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Larry now focuses primarily on the firm’s family law practice along with other areas of the Law. Larry handles a full range of domestic relations matters throughout the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area and looks forward to expanding the firm’s practice, especially in the family-law field, into New Jersey where he is one of three members of the firm (along with Gregory P. LaMonaca and Christopher R. Mattox) admitted to practice.