Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Lead to a Rise in Divorce?

About a month ago, Bloomberg Businessweek reported a surge in divorce applications in several cities in China after quarantine orders were lifted and more people can leave their homes. In the United Kingdom, the British Parliament was warned to anticipate a spike in divorces throughout the country. 

The news might indicate the fact that being trapped with a spouse for a long period of time can end a marriage. However, will married Americans follow the recent trend? 

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) President Marcy Katz told ABC News that lawyers around the country are receiving calls from spouses who are fed up with being around each other. When normal court operations resume, she believes courthouses will be busy with divorce cases. 

On the other hand, since the statewide stay-at-home orders have caused businesses to close temporarily and millions of people to lose their jobs, divorce might be unaffordable when families are going through a recession. In major cities like Atlanta, the costs associated with divorce are higher compared to less popular areas. 

However, according to a 2002 study about the impact of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 had on relationships, people made more big decisions within a year after the natural disaster. Whether it’s getting divorced, getting married, having children, or otherwise making a significant change in life, this natural disaster caused people to quickly act. 

While divorce lawyers throughout the U.S. have yet to see a rise in divorce filings, the most prevalent family issues are about child custody and how to modify parenting time during a crisis. But before spouses seeking a divorce, struggling couples should obtain counseling to effectively work through their issues. 

If you are interested in filing for divorce in Lawrenceville or Gwinnett County, GA, contact Daniels & Taylor, P.C. today at (770) 285-1673 and request a consultation to learn how we can help. 

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