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  • Writer's pictureJames Chau

Covid and Increases in Divorces

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

I read an interesting story about the increase in divorces that are occurring during the pandemic. According to the article.

Divorces were in the 1000s daily before the COVID-19 pandemic, but many experts say current pandemic stresses will up those figures.

Attorneys are getting a sense a lot of people are under financial pressure that they weren’t before, so there’s a new crack in the foundation, and sometimes that’s the problem,

Sixty-three percent of the lawyers who responded to the survey said that the pandemic had caused an increase in the number of their cases or clients. Forty-five percent of those who answered the questions indicated that they believed the main reason for the upswing in their cases numbers was their clients enforced with a spouse during the pandemic.

Forty-nine percent of the respondents said they were also experiencing increased litigation over custody issues. Seventy percent of the lawyers’ comments relating to shared custody problems involved pandemic-related issues: conflicts over masks, social distancing, and vaccinations for children, and disagreements about in-class versus virtual learning.

One of the main reasons for all of this tension was stated clearly: People’s employment status is changing.” The lives of many have turned upside down by lost or radically changed employment.

According to 2019 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 2,000 divorces each day. Experts predict the pandemic will increase those numbers.

We can describe the pandemics as “the perfect storm” for couples, with lockdown and social distancing causing them to spend increased amounts of time together.

At times, it's not even a marriage that falls apart. King said that, when she started her law career, people didn't simply live together as much as they do now, or have kids out of wedlock as often.

So, a lot of what's not getting tracked, if you're just looking at divorce, is non-married family units are falling apart, couples that have just lived together for 20 years and have kids together

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