The Covid-19 pandemic undeniably impacted the lives of Americans in a number of ways. Some of the ways in which the pandemic affected Americans are obvious and direct. Naturally, those who have been infected with the virus have had to undergo medical treatment, cope with both short-term and long-term symptoms, and even face the possibility of losing their lives.
The pandemic’s influence on the economy and various industries has also been deeply felt by many if not most people in the country. During the height of the pandemic, Americans were not participating in a wide range of activities that they might have otherwise participated in during a “normal” year. This resulted in seemingly countless businesses facing unexpected financial losses and hardships. Employees of such businesses and organizations struggled with the consequences accordingly.
Such effects of the pandemic are undeniably significant. However, the pandemic may have also yielded other indirect consequences that, while easier for some to overlook, are no less worthy of attention. Specifically, early research and statistics indicate there is strong reason to believe that the pandemic may have triggered an increase in divorce rates across the country.
How the Covid-19 pandemic may have resulted in more divorces in the US
From March 2020 through June 2020, it has been documented that the rate of American couples seeking divorces increased by 34% when compared to 2019. This data comes from a study conducted by a company that provides various types of legal documents. During this time when divorce rates skyrocketed, those most likely to file for divorce tended to be newly married couples.
It is easy to understand why this may have been the case. The pandemic forced virtually all Americans to make significant adjustments to their lifestyles. For many, this involved spending more time at home with their spouses.
Married couples who had been together for a relatively long time when the pandemic struck might have had more time to grow accustomed to one another’s company in the past. Thus, although being forced to spend much more time together than they normally would might have been somewhat stressful for these couples, they may have also been better equipped to cope with such changes when compared to those who had only been married for a short period of time.
It is of course too soon to say with any degree of certainty precisely which factors did and did not contribute to a higher rate of divorce during the pandemic. This is partially due to the fact that the impact of the pandemic on divorce rates has not yet completely subsided. However, it can be argued that the various stresses experienced by individuals during the pandemic (such as stresses related to loss of work or anxiety) might have also negatively impacted the way in which married couples communicated and interacted with one another.
Regardless, a higher divorce rate will typically correlate with an increase in demand for the services of divorce attorneys. If you live in the Westlake Village, California area, and you are preparing to divorce your spouse, ensure your rights are protected by hiring a Westlake Village divorce attorney at the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch to provide you with the legal assistance you need in these circumstances. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 818-237-4574 to arrange a free consultation.