What impact has Covid-19 had on United States divorce rates?

Sep 16, 2020 | Covid-19, Divorce

The coronavirus pandemic has proved a stressor on many facets of life, with marriages nationwide being no exception.

According to a report by Legal Templates, March to June saw a 34 percent uptick in the number of individuals seeking divorce. The report states, “Thirty-one percent of the couples say the lockdown irreparably damaged their relationship.”

On April 13, 2020, just 15-20 days into many states’ official quarantines, there was a 57 percent increase in couples seeking separation, when compared to February 13, 2020.

The report by Legal Templates additionally revealed:

The pandemic most frequently drove newlyweds to seek divorce

• 58 percent of individuals requesting legal documents for divorce during quarantine had been married for only 5 years or less. This was a 16 percent increase from 2019 numbers.
• Extremely recently married couples, who had been married for five months or less, faced the most destruction by the hands of Covid-19 quarantine. The number of recently married couples seeking divorce “doubled, from 11 percent in 2019 to 20 percent in 2020 during the Covid-19 quarantine.”

Southern states saw the highest divorce rates amid Covid-19 quarantine

• In southern states, the divorce rate was “two to three times higher” when compared to the rest of the United States.
• The Southern states with the highest rates of divorce were Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas. These states were simultaneously impacted most by the pandemic in general.

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