The pressures of quarantine, combined with poor relationship dynamics, may very well set the US divorce rate soaring, according to a recent article in USA Today.
The report reviewed how the “now-familiar stresses of quarantine – money worries, boredom, lack of escape from each other, conflicts over the kids, conflicts over chores, [and] lack of exercise – are forcing many couples to reconsider how they really feel about their partners.” Additionally, an email survey conducted by a relationship coach found that roughly one-third of couples polled reported negative effects from the togetherness forced during stay-at-home orders. Ironically, while finances and children were cited as two of the reasons that prompted couples to divorce, those same two things were also cited as reasons why couples often try to work it out.
While court closures have caused extensive backlogs, and the transition to virtual hearings has also experienced delays due to issues in implementing new technologies, experts now predict that America’s divorce rate – currently at nearly 50 percent – will rise further once courts are fully open and caught up on caseloads.
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