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How COVID-19 Has Changed U.S. Divorce Rates

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Is The COVID-19 Impacting California Divorce Rates?

The common saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” seems to have no relevance for divorced couples living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keep reading to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the U.S. divorce rate, and how continued shelter-at-home orders could impact many couples across California.

Divorcing During the Pandemic

Studies have shown that the online search for divorces has increased by 30% since March. Instead of being separated, couples are finding themselves at home together much more frequently, except for rare instances of going out for groceries or other tasks. These restrictions paired with the emotional and financial stress a couple may feel are enough to cause a shift in a relationship.

Lawyers across California have experienced a rise in not just calls inquiring about starting the divorce process — but about filing immediately. However, these attempts to dissolve their marriage or arrange their child custody agreement have been met with the fact that many courts across the state remain closed or operating under limited hours and staff.

Advice For Couples Considering Divorce

The first step in deciding to divorce is to always talk through your feelings with your spouse when possible. There are many reasons why a married couple may divorce. However, if it feels as though your marriage simply isn't working, you can sit down and talk through your thoughts with your spouse.

Additionally, if you believe divorce is the best option, you may want to:

  • Gather necessary documents for asset division
  • Speak to your child about the change and reassure them
  • Discuss child custody
  • Seek out sound legal advice

Seasoned Divorce Attorneys in Irvine

The COVID-19 crisis has undoubtedly caused turmoil for many couples in California. At Sullivan Law & Associates, we are always available for a consultation if you and your spouse believe that divorce is the best option. Our skilled family law attorneys will represent you in your divorce, advocating for the resolution that protects your best interests.

Contact our team today to set up a consultation: (949) 565-2793