How the pandemic is driving divorce rates

While many people may have agreed to love their spouses in sickness and health on the day of their wedding, most people probably didn’t think their relationship would have to stand the test of a global health crisis. Between social distancing orders, virtual schooling and working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy on anyone – especially married couples.

According to LegalTemplates, divorce template agreement sales saw a 34% increase over the summer compared to the same period last year. Divorces are on the rise all across the country. But while countless reasons drive couples to divorce, it seems thousands of marriages aren’t immune to the added stress of the pandemic.

What’s causing this uptick in divorces?

Though every couple is different, experts theorize that the rise in divorce rates amid the pandemic can be attributed to couples no longer being able to avoid their marital problems. Before COVID-19, couples who were already on thin ice could keep their relationship going by spending time apart in their day-to-day lives. However, now that quarantining measures are in place, many couples are stuck facing their relationship struggles.

According to the data from LegalTemplates, the pandemic has revealed some surprising trends in divorces, including:

  • Newlyweds were the hardest hit by the pandemic and most likely to divorce
  • The COVID-19 quarantine destroyed some marriages in less than three weeks
  • The rate of couples with children seeking divorce increased from the year prior
  • Those living in southern states were more likely to pursue divorce

Navigating difficult times

If you are struggling in your marriage during these unprecedented times, know that you are not alone. As the COVID-19 crisis continues for the foreseeable future, divorce rates will likely continue to rise as people adjust to their new way of life. Divorce is a trying experience, even in ideal circumstances. Be sure to seek out support if you are navigating a divorce on top of the pandemic.