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Divorce During Pandemic: Breaking up is hard to do, but it's even harder during a pandemic

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IN FREMONT A SMALL FIRE BROKE OUT ON NORTH BOUND 880 FLAMESSCORCHED MORE THAN A THOUSAND ACRES

ALSO TONIGHT, BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO IT IS HARDER DURING A PANDEMIC KPIX 5'S MARIA MEDINA IN SAN JOSE WITH A DIVORCE DELAY PLAGUING COUPLES RIGHT NOW Reporter: COUPLES ARE FINDING OUT GETTING A DIVORCE COULD TAKE TWICE AS LONG AS COURTS ACROSS THE BAY AREA SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF COVID-19 HAD VERY FRUSTRATING

JUST A WAITING GAME I FEEL LIKE MY LIFE IS ON HOLD Reporter: SHE HOPED SHE WOULD BE DIVORCED BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR NOW SHE IS AFRAID IT COULD TAKE UP TO TWO YEARS THEY SAID WE ARE CLOSED AND DON'T CALL US

WE WILL CONTACT YOU ONCE WE REOPEN Reporter: PROFILED IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY IN FEBRUARY, A MONTH LATER THE STATE SHELTER- IN-PLACE PLACE ORDER SHUT DOWN FAMILY COURTS ACROSS THE BAY AREA, PUTTING DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS ON PAUSE IT WAS STARTLING BECAUSE WE JUST REALLY CAME TO AN ABRUPT HALT Reporter: SHE IS AN ATTORNEY IN SAN JOSE AND SAID CONTRA COSTA COUNTY FAMILY COURT BEGAN TO REOPEN ON A LIMITED BASIS SO IT IS NOT HOW IT WAS BEFORE WHEN THERE WOULD BE HUNDREDS OF CASES HEARD EVERY DAY

NOW, MAYBE YOU HAVE 20 CASES HEARD A DAY Reporter: SHE SAID IT TAKES A YEAR OR LESS TO FINALIZE A DIVORCE BUT NOW COUPLES WITH NO ISSUES TO SETTLE ARE FINDING THEY LIKELY CAN'T GET DIVORCED ANYTIME SOON PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THE END OF 2021 IF THEY ARE LUCKY Reporter: MY GOSH

YEAH Reporter: THAT IS INSANE YEAH I WANT TO GET IT OVER WITH Reporter: SHE RECEIVED A COURT DATE FOR THE END OF JULY, THAT IS FOUR MONTHS AFTER FILING

NOT THE TYPICAL 4 TO 5 WEEKS I JUST CAN'T MOVE FORWARD, MOVE PAST THIS THE ATTORNEY SAYS THOSE

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