The Impact Of Covid On Divorce

31 Aug 2021

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It’s safe to say that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on our way of living, testing our personal relationships with one another. The pandemic has reshaped these relationships in unprecedented ways, forcing us to live closer together with some people and further apart from others. 

As life slowly gets back to normality, some of these relationships have unfortunately become irreparable. Ultimately, Covid has resulted in a number of couples having to resort to divorce.

A 40% Increase In Divorce Queries

Throughout the pandemic, some law firms have suggested that they have seen up to a 40% rise in queries regarding divorce arrangements. However, it is likely that this significant rise in divorce queries happened as a result of the UK lockdown restrictions and not the pandemic itself. 

Citizens Advice revealed that their ‘getting a divorce’ page on their website saw a rise in traffic of 25% over the period from April 2020 to September 2020, a key period of time where strict lockdown restrictions were in place. It is clear to see that Covid-19 had a huge impact on many peoples’ personal relationships, but why did it have such a significant influence on marriage and living situations?

Key Factors That Influenced Divorce During The Pandemic

As with any divorce, there are many factors and aspects of life that can affect relationships no matter how strong they are. With that said, there are a number of notable reasons as to why the pandemic resulted in some cracks to family relationships.

The high-pressure environment of confinement, combined with the financial stress brought about by a pandemic-burdened economy, has led to a rise in marital conflict. Along with concerns of health issues, the added concerns of job security as well as the potential challenge of having to home-school children, it’s no surprise that a lot of relationships were strained.a pile of covid masks

Delayed Divorce Processes

With the pandemic having such a financial burden on every country around the world, this has led to a number of delays surrounding the processing of divorces.  

Family courts have indicated that the preference for remote hearings is likely to remain well into 2021 to prioritise everyone’s safety. Remote hearings come with many advantages but one of the disadvantages is that judges have less flexibility to manage their hearings in an efficient manner. As a result, this means they have to list fewer hearings each day.   

What’s more, the new ‘no fault’ divorce reform has meant that some couples who have split amicably are holding off until this has been brought in in 2022 before issuing their divorce petition. This means that the increase in divorce rates and queries is likely to continue over the next year.

Getting The Help You Need

Divorce is a very serious matter, and we understand how challenging this time can be for you and your family; that’s why the team at Hepburn Delaney are ready and able to guide you through the process. Contact us on 01442 218090 to book a consultation today. Alternatively, you can send an email to info@hepburndelaney.co.uk for any queries you may have.