Divorce court is usually quiet during holiday season — but 2020 is booming. Kaine Fisher, Rose Law Group partner and family law director, weighs in

By Ben Cost | NY Post

The breakup biz is booming.

The holidays traditionally signal a downturn for the marital disunion industry. However, US courts logged a record number of divorce filings recently, which they attribute to the coronavirus pandemic, Business Insider reported.

“We’ve got loads of [virtual] court appearances and motions to file and it’s really busy,” described Emily Walsh, a matrimonial lawyer in New York City, who says that Thanksgiving week is typically quiet.

A July survey by Legal Templates, an online database of legal documents, found that sales of divorce agreement paperwork skyrocketed by 34% year-over-year. This signifies that more couples are trying to sever the knot than ever before.


“I agree.  Although I typically have issues with my currently pending cases during the holidays – who gets Thanksgiving, who gets Christmas, what the schedule is going to look like during Winter Break – I rarely see an uptick in new divorce filings.  This year appears to very different though for family law practitioners because of Covid.  The “cabin fever” effect, coupled with significant financial stress related to so many lost jobs, has wreaked havoc on marriages these last few months.”

Kaine Fisher, Rose Law Group Partner, Family Law Director

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December 2020