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Divorce Rates Increase During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020 Family Law

What is leading Couples to Divorce During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Couples divorcing during COVID-19 Pandemic

Frustrated couple contemplating divorce amidst COVID-19 outbreak

World wide data has shown that divorce rates are rising amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been a significant increase in couples seeking divorce in China after they passed the peak of coronavirus cases. Could this be a prediction of increased divorce cases in the U.S.? The answer is unfortunately, yes. Our whole world has been turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our schedules and routines are greatly impacted by social distancing protocols. Most shelter in place orders have forced couples and their families to be in the same home around the clock. That means couples are either not working or working from home, home schooling children, caring for children, and completing household chores. This can be stressful and anxiety inducing on any couple’s relationship. It is easy to get on one another’s nerves when living in the same environment and attempting to accomplish one’s tasks for the day. Martial arguments and fights are almost certainly going to increase. In addition, financial hardship and uncertainty about the future will only add fuel to the fire, leading couples to decide that they want a divorce during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Michigan Divorce Lawyer’s Recommendation on Divorcing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Divorce attorney Sam Bernstein strongly encourages couples to not rush to a decision of divorce during the coronavirus pandemic. These are challenging times for everyone so give yourself and your relationship a break and most importantly time. Ask yourself and each other, “How was our relationship Pre-Pandemic?” If it was a strong, solid relationship then give each other time to adjust to this period of uncertainty. It is most likely a phase that you will both overcome. The last thing you want is to proceed with a legal separation only to change your mind when things go back to normal. If there were issues in the marriage Pre-Pandemic and if this is a decision you have put a lot of thought into, please don’t hesitate to contact Divorce Lawyer Sam Bernstein at ArborYpsi Law for your family law needs. 

Can I File for Divorce in Michigan During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Even though courts are not currently open you can still file for divorce in the state of Michigan during the coronavirus pandemic. This way when courts do re-open you will have a leg up on the divorce proceedings. In order to file for divorce you need to hire an experienced family law attorney. This includes retaining a lawyer and developing a plan of action for the divorce proceedings. For example, is this a contested or uncontested divorce? If minor children are involved, what custody arrangement are you seeking? Is there a marital home that you want to stay in? Once a plan is established your divorce attorney can follow through with the filing.    

Are Divorces Slowed Down in Michigan Due to the Coronavirus?

Yes, since the Michigan Friend of the Court has shut down to the virus the court processing of divorce where children are involved have slowed down or stopped altogether in some counties. For instance, divorces that were about to be finalized are now on pause until the Michigan Friend of the Court reopens. As of right now the Michigan Friend of the Court is expected to reopen on May 18th, 2020. However, this is an ever-changing situation and this could be postponed even further. 

We are all facing challenging, uncertain times. As a result individuals, couples, and families are facing stresses they have never faced before. We are all juggling multiple hats of mom, dad, husband, wife, teacher, entertainer, physical trainer, therapist, caregiver, and provider. Remember that these times will eventually end and things will return to normal. The question is will you be happy that you followed through with divorce when that time comes? If the answer is yes, call Divorce Lawyer Sam Bernstein at ArborYpsi Law. Visit our divorce page for more information. 

Contact us at 734.883.9584

Call Attorney Sam Bernstein at 734.883.9584 or e-mail at bernstein@arborypsilaw.com.

ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.