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. 


“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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August 2020