For many, marriage is hard. But, during the ongoing health crisis, marriages are being strained, and unfortunately, this has led to a divorce tsunami across the globe, including the U.S.
Over the past 11 months, divorce filings have risen dramatically. After China’s lockdown their divorce filings increased dramatically. State side, sales of online self-help divorce documents rose by 34%, and divorce attorneys have reported increased divorce requests by as much as 35%, when compared to this time last year.
Behind the numbers
Several industry insiders report complaints about a number of bad behaviors during lockdowns, like infidelity, substance abuse, physical and emotional abuse and unhealthy pornography addictions. As one put it, the “craziness of this pandemic is leading people to more insanity.”
However, even those that are not experiencing these types of bad behaviors, or the so called, insanity driven by the ongoing health crisis, are still effected by being together with their spouse 24/7. This is causing more spouses to think about their relationships and face problems that were hidden by time away with friends and at work. As one public health official put it, people are just getting sick of each other.
Not all bad for everyone
While the divorce tsunami is real, not all couples are losing each other during extended periods of lockdowns. Instead, some couples have actually thrived. They describe this time as a reset button that allowed them to work on each other without their normal hectic schedules.
In fact, a Monmouth University survey of over 800 couples showed that most of the couples surveyed were doing well. For those who were married or living together, 59% claimed to be extremely satisfied and 33% were very satisfied. What may be more surprising is that married couple were more likely to be extremely satisfied at 64% than their unmarried counterparts at 47%
What does it all mean?
The Detroit metro area is full of diverse and varied couples that are affected by these unprecedented times in different ways. While some couples thrive, others seek divorce, but society is slowly coming to terms that both situations are okay. Though, for those seeking divorce, contacting an attorney early can make all the difference.