Although official data is not yet available, family law experts are reporting an increase in questions about divorce. These experts note that quarantine, stay-at-home orders and personal attempts to reduce risk of exposure to the novel Coronavirus are likely behind the jump in divorce inquires.
Some common triggers family law experts are reporting in their conversations with those asking questions about divorce include:
- Emotional stress. The pandemic has increased the level of stress in our daily lives. Not only are we changing how we live, as noted above, but there is also concern that those we love may need to battle the virus.
- Financial concerns. The virus has negatively impacted many professions. Some have experienced furlough or layoffs and others a reduction in their salary.
- Magnification of relationship problems. Some in the family law area of practice expect the jump in divorce rate will only include couples that were already headed down that path. As a result, the overall rate may level out.
Whatever the reason for the divorce, couples that are considering this option may wonder if a divorce is even possible at this time. There are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus and still complete the divorced. Negotiations can occur through the use of video conferences and documents can be signed online. Although you can maintain separation from a future ex, it is still important to involve a legal professional. An attorney experienced in divorce can discuss the options and how better ensure your interests are protected, mitigating the risk of surprises after the divorce is finalized.