The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of life. Job losses, lockdowns, school closures, a poor economy – these are just a few examples of the ways that American’s struggled during 2020. And all of these struggles have had a profound impact on relationships. After all, most of us more readily and easily “vent” or take out frustrations on our partner or spouse.
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be under control, Americans are assessing the damage. One thing on many people’s minds is how the COVID-19 pandemic affected divorce rates. Some reports in 2020 suggested that divorce rates were surging during the pandemic – and that may be true in some parts of the world or even parts of the U.S. However, more recent research suggests that the pandemic may not have had such a detrimental impact on marriages after all.
Increase in Marital Commitment and Stability
Results from the American Family Survey indicate that husbands and wives both report more marriage stability since 2020. Around 58% of men and women reported that the pandemic actually made them appreciate their partner or spouse more. Around 50% of couples report that their marriage commitment has gotten stronger.
Divorce Rates Stay Stable
While some reports suggested that divorce rates were up in 2020, several states report declining divorce rates for 2020. Florida, Missouri, Oregon, and Rhode Island all report declines in divorce rates. It is possible that divorce rates themselves haven’t declined, but rather that fewer couples are filing for divorce during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, states like Arizona report an increase in divorce rates starting in 2019 and continuing through 2020. Some analysts expect there to be a surge of divorce filings once the pandemic drama is over. People who are frustrated or who delayed filing may decide to file in droves.
Are You Considering Divorce?
COVID-19 pandemic or not, a reality is that sometimes marriages don’t work and couples need to separate or divorce. If you are considering divorce, you should know that the pandemic doesn’t affect your ability to file or move through the divorce process.
In order to file for divorce, you must make sure you meet applicable guidelines and have all information necessary for your divorce lawyer. You and your soon-to-be spouse will need to provide certain documentation and agree to certain terms. Your divorce lawyer will help you discuss and resolve matters related to:
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Property Division
If you and your spouse can reach an agreement about these terms, then you can usually finalize your divorce between you and your lawyers. If you are unable to agree, or if your situation is particularly complex, then your divorce may go to trial. If you have a divorce trial, a judge will help resolve disputes and decide matters for you.
How a Divorce Lawyer Can Help
No matter how your divorce is finalized, the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Divorce is never easy, but the process doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. The best thing you can do is contact a Washington, DC divorce lawyer to learn more about your options. A divorce lawyer will help you understand your rights and obligations when filing for divorce and moving through the process.