As Couples Self-Isolate Due To Coronavirus, Lawyers Expect A Rise In Divorces
For many people, families being on “lockdown” is very similar to the feeling of holiday time. At home with family, eating home-cooked meals, playing games, spending quality time with each other well like I said similar feeling. But for many couples, that is not necessarily the case, as prolonged periods together can prove to either make or break a relationship.
U.K. divorce lawyer, Baroness Fiona Shackleton, said that lawyers in the sector had predicted a likely rise in divorce rates following self-quarantine.
The peak times for divorce are usually after long summer breaks and winter holidays, she said.
Divorce rates in China rose significantly because couples are spending too much time together at home during self-isolation due to the coronavirus, according to register offices across the country.
Since February 24th of this year, over 300 couples have scheduled appointments to get a divorce, said Lu Shijun, the manager of a marriage registry in Dazhou, Sichuan.
Hardeep Dhillon, a consultant solicitor of family law, said that after Christmas, the U.K. legal firm noticed a 230% increase in the internet search, “I want a divorce.” She is expecting a similar trend soon.
Like the holidays, more time spent together in self-isolation will put a strain on relationships “where problems already exist,” said Dhillon.
Like the holiday time, financial pressures compared to the feelings of uncertainty around employment and money created by the coronavirus, along with the current need to isolate “is something that many have not experienced before.” Dhillon added.
People attending school and/or working, and socializing with family and friends are essential for a person’s well being and restricting these things can have profound effects on families that now have to stay at home are undoubtedly going to be frustrated. Dhillon added.
Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag said she expected the firm’s “phones to go quiet” when the coronavirus crisis hit when actually the firm saw a rise in enquires from couples. Many of them feel they cannot bear another day with the person they no longer love.
Stuck in quarantine with your significant other can become a “pressure cooker waiting to blow” says Vardag.
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