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Did COVID-19 Cause More Divorces?

There are many reasons that couples decide to divorce, however during the pandemic many factors were amplified:

  • Financial Strain
  • Emotional Stress
  • Job loss
  • Grief over the loss of loved ones
  • Business Closures
  • Domestic Abuse

Couples were spending more time together in quarantine and did not have the gym, the office or social groups to let go of daily stressors.  Children were being schooled at home and life, in general, was turned upside down.

For couples that were already on the brink of divorce, COVID-19 most certainly gave their marriage that extra “push” over the edge.

The Austin Institute for The Study of Family and Culture using data from 4,000 divorced adults, identified the top reasons for divorce as to why people break up in the United States to include infidelity by either party; spouse unresponsive to needs; incompatibility; spouse immaturity; emotional abuse and financial problems.

Shellie R. Warren, a life coach and writer for marriage.com lists the 10 most common reasons that people file for divorce in her blog.

If your marriage was salvageable before the pandemic, consider counselling and working on your marriage as the world begins to heal from COVID-19.

Shellie ends her blog with these words:

“No marriage is easy.

Even couples with the best intentions are sometimes unable to overcome their challenges and end up in courtrooms. That’s why it’s important to address issues in your relationship early on, don’t let them become one of the reasons for divorce. Don’t wait until they are beyond fixing.

Try your very best before you decide that things are beyond your control, there are too many reasons for divorce, and it is time to give up. That way, you can have the peace of knowing you tried all of the alternatives before the big step.  Divorce is one of the worst things you can experience emotionally, but sometimes, it’s inevitable and for good.

Practice kindness, make intimacy a priority, go on holidays, and seek marriage counselling (even when things are fine) to preserve the health and longevity of your relationship.”

If you have decided to file for divorce, our family law team will guide you through the process.  Contact us for a consultation.  Our competitive rates and compassionate team will make the journey a little easier for you and your children.

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