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Has Divorce Changed After COVID-19?

COVID-19 has had a major impact on both the number of couples seeking divorce and on the process in Monmouth County courts.

COVID-19 has impacted every area of our lives. It has changed how we work, go to school, shop, travel, and enjoy family or social activities, while permanently altering some of our relationships. The circumstances and the stress surrounding the situation have taken a toll on couples, causing many to consider a separation or divorce. In addition to increasing the odds of divorce, the pandemic has brought about some changes in the overall process, as well. 

How Stress from the Pandemic Increases the Odds of Divorce

Between changing routines, health concerns, income fluctuations, general worries over family members, and having to assume greater responsibility for educating children, couples today are under enormous stress. Early on in the pandemic, many rallied together and were ready to make whatever sacrifices were needed. As the year comes to a close, fatigue and weariness have set in, making them more likely to consider divorce.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this is to be expected. Researchers have identified various phases of disasters that generally dictate how people react. These include:

In terms of COVID-19, we are currently in the disillusionment phase. This is the time most likely for couples to consider filing for divorce.

Getting a Divorce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In addition to increasing the odds of a divorce, the current situation surrounding the pandemic is also having a major influence on divorce proceedings. Social distancing measures adopted by the Monmouth County divorce court have resulted in modest changes in terms of filing a divorce petition and scheduling hearings. COVID-19 also has the potential to impact determinations typically made during a divorce: 

Our Monmouth County Divorce Attorneys are Here to Help

The situation surrounding COVID-19 does not mean you have to remain in an unhappy marriage or settle for less than what you are entitled to in a divorce settlement. At Lomurro Law, we protect your rights and provide the trusted legal representation you need during these difficult times. To request a confidential consultation, call or contact our Monmouth County, NJ divorce attorneys online today.