Will Divorce Rates Spike After the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Will Divorce Rates Spike After the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Some cities have already reported a surge in divorce rates amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and more are anticipated as the virus continues. Why are we seeing a sudden spike in divorce applications now more than ever? Lack of personal space in lockdown might have something to do with it, but there are a number of other factors that can also be at play here. Find out everything you need to know about the latest wave in divorce filings during COVID-19 and what you can do if you’re facing a divorce during this difficult time. 

Lockdown Tensions

Mandatory quarantine and social distancing rules have forced many couples into lockdown together. With tensions high and a lack of personal space, many relationships have experienced a downward spiral. For couples who were already experiencing issues in their relationship prior to the pandemic, additional tension, conflict and blow-ups can place a great deal of strain on a marriage. 

Delayed Requests

Another reason why divorce rates have suddenly spiked is simply due to delayed requests that have resulted from offices being closed during the pandemic. Many jurisdictions shut down their filing systems to avoid spreading the virus. Once those offices resumed, there was a flood of applications all at once. 

Financial Stress

Most people are facing some sort of job insecurity, while some have already lost their jobs entirely. A lack of income with little savings to lean on has some families facing bankruptcy and even financial ruin. Financial stress combined with confinement can easily push a marriage to the breaking point. 

Domestic Violence

For relationships that were already rocky, it’s not surprising to see the tension between couples edging higher. Being stuck together can cause all kinds of emotions to arise. Heightened stress and frustration can quickly escalate to flaring tempers and rage that can exacerbate the risk of domestic violence.  With many abuse rates rising in the country, we can expect an increase in divorce applications as part of the aftershock of the virus. 

If your existing problems can no longer be avoided, or if you’re facing abuse and need a way out of your relationship, our team can help. At Zuber Brioux, our team of family lawyers will give you the legal advice you need when facing a divorce. We will help you create the solution you need – outside of the courtroom – and ensure your rights are protected pertaining to financial support, equalization and child custody. Contact us today to set up your free consultation to learn more about how we can help.