Pandemic Brings Challenges With Marriage and Divorce
The pandemic has caused a lot of problems for everyone. Those who have been greatly affected are those who are married or about to be married. While many have enjoyed the extra time they are spending together, many have absolutely hated it.
The lockdowns and quarantines associated with the coronavirus pandemic have been a test for couples, to say the least. It has made matters worse for many couples, causing financial stress as people get laid off and businesses shut down. Their spouses have been spending more time at home and getting on their nerves. They get no escape and feel as though they are losing their minds.
Those who are not yet married, however, have been feeling closer to each other. They are seeing the extra time together as their first true test before they walk down the aisle. They are working as a team and seeing how resilient they are together already.
For others, the lockdowns have been frustrating. They are having trouble coping with their issues. As emotions reach new heights, problems get worse and worse. For many, it has led to divorce.
Those who are married or about to get married have one thing in common though: they are being more cautious. Some are cautious about marriage and are putting it on hold for a while as they see how things pan out. Those who have wanted children are concerned about bringing a baby into a pandemic. Those who are struggling with their marriages may be pulling their hair out, but they don’t want to make any rash decisions and automatically file for divorce.
While the media has been claiming that divorce filings have risen during the pandemic, the opposite has been true in many areas of the country. In Oregon, divorces dropped by 24% between March and December 2020, when compared to the same time period in 2019. In Florida, there was a 20% decline in divorces over that same time period. There are a couple reasons for these declines. The first one was reduced access to the courts. Getting a divorce was a challenge during the quarantine, with courts closed and judges unable to rule on cases. Another main reason was money. Many households have been struggling financially since the pandemic started and getting divorced would only make matters worse. It’s nearly impossible to pay lawyers and court fees when you barely have enough money to make ends meet.
Contact a Maryland Family Law Attorney Today
We have never witnessed a pandemic before and, as such, it has brought about some challenges for those who are married as well as those who are considering marriage and have had to put their plans on hold.
If you are considering divorce, the Columbia divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help you understand your options and get you through the process with as little stress as possible. To get started, fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987. We have two offices to serve you.