As more couples self-isolate to stop the spread of coronavirus, relationship experts expect an increase in divorces. When a relationship is already strained, prolonged periods of togetherness could result in explosive arguments and general trouble. For some, the time together might rekindle lost passion or help improve their marriage. However, for other couples, extensive time together could end in divorce. Seeking a divorce in Florida during a lockdown could be difficult, but not necessarily impossible.
Why could coronavirus lockdowns lead to an increase in divorces? Divorces generally increase right after summer vacations or the holiday season. This is because periods of togetherness tend to shine a bright light on the broken aspects of a faltering marriage. Couples could decide to part ways after being together for too long, whether it is during a vacation or while spending time together during the end-of-year holidays.
A deadly pandemic is a far more stressful situation than Christmas break or a summer vacation. During this time, already dysfunctional couples must grapple with the virus, unemployment, raising kids and self-isolation. For some couples, the chances of divorce could increase the longer the lockdowns continue.
Divorce Rates Increase in China After Coronavirus Lockdowns
In China, the government-mandated coronavirus lockdowns had couples in isolation for weeks. As a result, divorces surged in March. In the cities of Xi’an and Dazhou, there were record-high divorce filings. This led to long backlogs at government offices. Clerks struggled to keep up with divorce filings.
Many in China blamed their marital issues on lockdowns. As already struggling couples spent large amounts of time in close proximity, fights became inevitable.
During the lockdowns, stress pushed marital matters to the forefront. Couples fought about:
- Reduced income
- Spending money
- Unequal distribution of housework
- Parenting children
- Too much screen time with devices
- Past conflicts
- Alcohol or substance abuse
Unfortunately, incidents of domestic violence also increased during the coronavirus lockdowns. In China, residents reported three times the number of domestic violence incidents during lockdowns.
Filing for Divorce in Florida During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Florida is a no-fault state. That means that couples do not have to prove fault to get divorced. However, you or your spouse must prove Florida residency for at least six months.
When filing for divorce in Florida, it is important to retain legal counsel. Hiring a Florida divorce lawyer can save you significant time and money in the long run. Without a lawyer, you may lose out on valuable parenting time. You may also lose out on your fair share of marital assets, including retirement funds and benefits.
Your attorney can walk you through the legal process and protect your rights. An amicable divorce is possible with legal help.
Contact Our West Palm Beach Divorce Attorney
The pandemic may negatively affect struggling marriages. If you wish to file for divorce during the pandemic and have questions about your options, then you may contact us for a consultation.
Even during the lockdowns in Florida, you can have your divorce questions answered and initiate your divorce proceedings. Eric C. Cheshire can meet with you remotely to get you started on the path to a brighter future.
When filing for divorce, it helps to have a lawyer with experience handling divorce issues in Florida. Contact the Law Office of Eric C. Cheshire, P.A. to learn more about divorce in West Palm Beach and throughout Florida. We can help you review all of your divorce options.
Call us at (561) 655-8844 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information.