Will the Coronavirus Cause an Increase in Divorce in the U.S.?
The coronavirus has caused devastation throughout the entire world. Countries are closing their borders as people become sick and the most vulnerable members of society pass away from the disease. Meanwhile, just about every country’s economy has taken a huge hit, and people are staying home and refraining from social situations, such as going to the movies or going out to eat.
Now though, there is news that the coronavirus is having another effect, at least in China. The virus has also caused an increase in divorces. After looking at the reasons for this, it is natural for many to wonder if the same phenomenon will happen in the United States. To understand the answer to this question, couples must first understand the link between the sickness and divorce.
With the coronavirus came the term ‘social distancing,’ even though many people had never heard the term before. Of course, this refers to withdrawing from social situations and trying to keep a distance from nearly anyone a person may see throughout the day. Although social distancing may help keep people healthy, though, it has an unintended consequence.
When people have to distance themselves from others, they spend more time at home and so, spouses are together much more and spend more time together than they typically do. As spouses start to wear on the other’s nerves due to all of this togetherness, it may get to the point where it leads to divorce.
It is common knowledge that one of the main reasons couples fight regularly and decide to divorce is because of money problems in the marriage. When people cannot work because their children have to stay home from school, or they are sick, or they are simply trying to social distance themselves, they often no longer earn an income. This leads to less money in the household, and increased tension. This could be another cause for the spike in divorces in China after the coronavirus outbreak.
Feelings of Anxiety and Depression
It is true that there is nothing good about the coronavirus. With so much sickness and death occurring throughout the world, and being so isolated from other people, it is natural that during this time, people would have heightened feelings of anxiety and depression. These feelings can also spill over into a marriage and make it more difficult not only for people to cope on their own, but also to cope as a couple. That could be another reason there have been more divorces in China after the coronavirus outbreak.
Our Florida Divorce Lawyers are Here for You
Whether divorces will increase in the United States once the virus outbreak settles down is something that is yet to be seen. However, if you are thinking about divorce for any reason, our Tampa divorce lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. are here to help. We will guide you through the difficult process, look out for your best interests, and work hard to get you the fair settlement you deserve. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
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