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Divorce Rates Spike During Coronavirus Quarantine

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

“When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that they ‘don’t understand’ one another, but a sign that they have, at least, begun to.”

— Helen Rowland

Some of my clients say they may have known that something at the core of their marriage was off. But with the panic of COVID-19 settling in, those concerns could no longer swept aside. They ended up struggling with a major realization during the pandemic — that what was wrong in their marriage before coronavirus only worsened during months of lockdowns. 

What You Need To Know

  • The coronavirus crisis was a "perfect storm" that strained relationships already fraying. Those added stresses included financial hardship, grieving, and a health crisis during the peak of the pandemic.

  • Web traffic to well known legal advice and lawyer referral sites Nolo,com,, and spiked in the spring.

  • Lawyers and therapists are getting more inquiries about how to start a divorce proceeding, what's involved, and how families with children might be affected.

  • Experts had predicted domestic violence, substance abuse and depression would rise during the pandemic and one result has been some deciding to pull the plug on their relationships.

Being locked up in quarantine, in close quarters, with someone you don’t like as much as you did when you decided to get married, has been a pressure cooker. If you are contemplating divorce, please consult with more than one divorce attorney before taking action, and before saying something to your spouse you might regret later. Ask friends for referrals and follow up with an online search to look at reviews. Be open to advice and go on a listening mission.

Attorneys handle cases like yours every day, and some will give you honest advice that will save you time and money.

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