Unfortunately, we too quickly discovered that too much time cooped up during quarantine can be deadly to a marriage and, as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, more couples decided that it might be time to call it quits. Divorce is on the steady rise and, if you’re looking to separate from your spouse, it’s time to consider how the coronavirus may affect the process.
Why is Divorce on the Rise?
Statistics from April alone showed that divorce was already up 34% — obviously, this number is continuing to grow as we round the year. It’s easy to see why divorce seems like the best option at this time. Philadelphian couples saw their existing issues exacerbated when they were stuck at home together, financial struggles from lost wages added stress, school dilemmas and at-home learning added tension, and new couples without a firm relationship felt completely lost and isolated. While new couples are always at a risk for a divorce, 2020 hit them especially hard with a whopping 20% of newlyweds calling it quits before they reached their five-month anniversary.
What This Means for You
If you are looking to get a divorce, then now is not the time to postpone your plans. Divorce attorneys are becoming swamped with cases, making it hard for them to address new clients. With the courts now opened, family court dockets are also filling up quickly with postponed cases and new cases alike. Unless you are willing to wait months or even years for the divorce to be finalized, then you should contact a lawyer to start the process immediately. Our law offices have over 4,000 satisfied clients and hundreds of 5-star reviews speaking to how well we advocate for our clients – even through stressful times like now.
Concerns About Social Distancing
Understandably, many separated couples are worried about going through a legal divorce during the pandemic due to social distancing concerns. With today’s technology, consultation meetings can happen by phone or through a video meeting. Additionally, courthouses are implementing strict mask policies and other safety measures.
Have a Visitation Schedule in Advance
With the frustrating mess surrounding school and childcare becoming unpredictable, couples may have a difficult time navigating timeshare and visitation. You can help to move the court proceedings along quicker by discussing this schedule with your soon-to-be-ex before you enter the courtroom. If discussions break down or are difficult to start, consider turning to a Philadelphian family lawyer for mediation services. Oftentimes, a mediator can help reach a more informed and fair compromise.
With the difficulties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s understandable why countless couples simply aren’t able to remain in their marriages. If you are ready to start the divorce process, then we are here to help you. Let us lead you through the process before the courts are flooded with COVID-related cases.