With millions of families under shelter-in-place orders across the country due to COVID-19, tensions are running high for many couples. Being confined to their homes for weeks on end, with their daily routines thrown off, has been the tipping point for some spouses. This is especially true for those who were already going through a rough patch in their marriage or were considering divorce, before the pandemic. All of these changes have led to a spike in divorce throughout the nation.
“I Want a Divorce” During COVID-19
In this CNBC report, a British law firm recently claimed that they saw a 230% increase in the internet search “I want a divorce” since the beginning of 2020. Bloomberg Businessweek reported on the “surge” of divorce following lifted quarantine orders in China. New York attorneys are seeing a 50% increase in divorce inquiries. With divorce on the rise, something else has been growing: domestic violence reports. Many victims are trapped at home with their abuser, causing domestic abuse reports to rise.
The increase in divorce filings may be caused by a number of other reasons as well, such as:
- Lack of commitment
- Substance abuse
- Growing apart
Finances may be one of the largest contributors as millions have been left unable to work or are now unemployed as a result of COVID-19 related business closures. With such a drastic change in their typical income, many couples’ stress levels are at an all-time high, putting a strain on their marriage and causing them to argue about minor things.
Are Divorce Proceedings Still Happening?
While the courts are closed right now, you can still begin your divorce proceedings or continue your current proceedings through the use of telecommunications. Many law firms are offering consultations through video conferencing, allowing your case to be handled during this uneasy time. Your legal documents can be digitally signed and uploaded from the comfort of your home. You may have to wait until the courts open again to attend the hearing that will finalize your divorce, however, certain courts are offering hearings over the phone, allowing you to complete your divorce remotely.
Divorce may be right for some, but for others who just wish to separate during this uncertain time and reevaluate their marriage at a later time, they should consider a legal separation. This legal document helps resolve a majority of the issues that a formal divorce would, such as child custody, child and spousal support, and the division of marital assets.
Let Us Help You
With so many people filing for divorce, you’ll need to have an experienced attorney on your side. Whether you’re currently in the middle of the divorce process that’s been halted by recent court closures or just beginning to file, contact our team today. We have knowledgeable divorce lawyers across the country, waiting to take your case during this difficult time.