COVID-19 & The Rise In Divorce Rates

Much of the United States has watched other countries and how they are dealing with COVID-19 to better understand what we can expect. We’ve watched case numbers increase and decrease and learned what to do and what not to do while dealing with this unprecedented global pandemic. We’ve also learned a few things from paying attention to the outcome as countries around the world have adapted to this new virus. 

In addition to the direct impact of the virus, COVID-19 has also left countries with long-lasting effects, both financially and socioeconomically. One such trend is that of divorces. China has noticed a significant increase in the rate of divorces following the COVID-19 emergence. There are many factors that are contributing to that increase. 

How Is COVID-19 Affecting Families and Marriages? 

COVID-19 is affecting the majority of the world in one way or another. Even individuals who are never exposed to or never had any symptoms of the virus are affected in other ways. They might lose their job or deal with increased stress levels in an otherwise already struggling relationship or marriage. 

Families are facing the following pressures during COVID-19: 

  • Financial difficulties due to loss of employment 
  • Difficulty planning for the future 
  • Around-the-clock childcare 
  • Social isolation 

The ongoing impact and stress of the virus could leave many people questioning the happiness in their marriage. Financial difficulties and parenting are already top contributors to divorce

What to Do If You’re Considering Divorce During COVID-19 

If you’re currently considering divorce, then you will want to follow these steps: 

  • Give yourself time to consider: COVID-19 has been stressful on many families all over the world. Before jumping into a decision that you might regret, it is a good idea to give yourself time to consider it. If possible, find ways to enjoy time apart, even while confined to the same household. 
  • Create a divorce plan: Divorce changes the dynamics of a family. It requires parents to determine a child custody agreement. It might require that you find a new residence, which can be difficult during quarantine. If you have already decided that divorce is the only answer, it can be helpful to consider a plan ahead of time. 
  • Discuss your plans with your spouse: Being open with your spouse when you are considering divorce is important. You will need to work together to determine the best living arrangements for you and your children. You will also need to divide your assets. 
  • Discuss your case with a family lawyer: Discussing your case with a family lawyer offers many benefits. It allows you to think logically about the divorce and provides you with a detailed plan of steps you need to take as you prepare for the divorce. Working with a New Jersey lawyer can also give you answers to how to navigate a divorce during COVID-19. 

You can expect delays if you choose to file during COVID-19, as many courthouses are closed to the public. Fortunately, you can discover your options by discussing your case with a family lawyer remotely. New Jersey courts have also implemented temporary measures, like video/audio court sessions or conference calls with the judge, attorneys and parties. 

It can also be beneficial to discuss your options with a New Jersey family lawyer if children are present in the marriage. Child custody can make the process more difficult. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate this difficult time on your own. Our legal team is here to help you navigate divorce during COVID-19. 

Contact a Voorhees Family Law Attorney for a Consultation About Divorce in New Jersey Today 

If you are thinking about filing for divorce, or if you have already started the divorce process and are dealing with another matter such as child custody, child support, or division of assets, you need to speak with a qualified attorney. The New Jersey family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Daniel K. Newman represents clients throughout the state, including Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Voorhees and Winslow. We understand how challenging this time can be for you, which is why we will fight hard to protect your interests, and the interests of your loved ones, throughout the legal process. Call us at (856) 309-9007 or fill out our confidential contact form to schedule a consultation. We have an office conveniently located at 1202 Laurel Oak Rd, #207, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043. 

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