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The impact of COVID-19 on Divorce Rates

Chantal Tanner

The impact of COVID-19 on Divorce Rates

Family Law
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It’s not unexpected that the pandemic has taken a massive toll on people’s family lives, especially for homes that were already on the brink of collapse. COVID-19 is entirely different from anything we’ve faced in our lifetime. The impact is far-reaching: affecting schools, religious institutions, sports centers, restaurants, public gathering places, and retail stores. Shut down due have taken place across the world and millions of people have been laid off from their jobs.

All of this has had a massive impact on income, which is in turn leading to instability in peoples’ family lives. In the wake of these unprecedented times, some marriages and homes are on the brink of collapse.

Embracing the new “normal”

The status of the global economy and health situation have placed significant interpersonal and economic stress on marriages. We’ve already witnessed a spike in divorce filings, and it’s not expected to stop anytime soon. Families facing numerous issues are confined together for a more extended period than the average time because of the coronavirus quarantine. 

What To Expect Post Pandemic

Divorce lawyers say that couples should be ready for a possible change in the court system in the post-pandemic. The court will have to adopt the COVID-19 safety measures, which may take some time before they are able to begin tackling the backlogs of cases they are receiving.

Susan Myres, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, says many American courts are reluctant to change their method of doing things. According to her, judges are yet to embrace the new way of settling disputes through video conferencing like Zoom, Skype, and Google meet. Judges are more concerned about the technical glitches that may occur in the course of a Video conferencing legal matters like depositions, hearing, and divorce settling. However, some lawyers and judges, and other court officials are already seeking methods to learn to use the new technology.


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