Divorce rates in America soar 34% during COVID; surge not unexpected, says Rose Law Group Partner and Family Law Director Kaine Fisher

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By Lauren Edmonds | DailyMail.com

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a serious blow to marriages in the US amid a 34 per cent increase in sales for divorce agreements and revelations that it took just three weeks under quarantine for relationships to crumble, according to a survey.

The outbreak of the coronavirus in January and implementation of lockdown orders in March forced couples to manage a plethora of new challenges.

The combination of quarantine life, wavering finances, mounting unemployment rates, illnesses, deaths of loved ones, mental illness and child care has led Americans lawyers to predict a record number of divorce filings. 

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“I have not been surprised that divorce filings surged because of the pandemic but what I’m most surprised by is how quickly it happened.  You would think that government stay-at-home orders, quarantines, and closures would have a chilling effect on people venturing out to find a lawyer and filing for divorce.  Apparently not.  The pandemic has caused a tremendous host of unforeseen problems in families – problems significant enough for some spouses to feel their marriage had reached a tipping point.  Hard to tell what the future will hold. “

Kaine Fisher, Rose Law Group Senior Partner; Family Law Director
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