COVID-19 and its accompanying challenges pushed many relationships to their breaking point. Some relationships have suffered because people were spending much more time together, while other couples clashed over COVID-19 protocols and how to parent children throughout the pandemic.
After the pandemic began, attorneys were getting around two times the amount of divorce inquiries per day compared to before the pandemic. Many of them were due to disagreements on whether children should be vaccinated, disagreements on rules and restrictions, and even whether the virus existed at all. With partners working from home and spending more time together, these disagreements were part of a recipe for relationship-damage or even relationship-ending conflicts.
The Early Days of the Pandemic
During the first half of 2020 – the time of stay at home orders and suddenly working from home – Legal Templates reported a 34% increase in divorce cases compared to the same period in 2019. As COVID-19 safety measures continued, the rate only increased.
The Present Day Situation
Now that the pandemic has showed signs of stabilizing, it will be interesting to see how divorce rates are affected.
Divorce Should Always be Taken Seriously
If you are facing a divorce for any reason – pandemic-related or not – it is crucial to discuss your legal options with an experienced divorce lawyer.
Divorce is a legal issue that can touch every aspect of your life and should never be taken lightly. Your rights, your children, your property, and your future are too important to leave to chance or in the hands of an inexperienced attorney.