There has been a surge in divorce cases during the Covid-19 pandemic, with many relationships struggling to survive the enforced confinement of lockdown.

Increase in divorce cases

As the Covid-19 pandemic took hold across the globe, psychologists and solicitors both warned that as couples were forced to spend more time together, a rise in divorce cases would inevitably follow. This prediction has, it seems, come true.

The trend began in China, where the novel coronavirus is thought to have originated. The Wuhan province was placed into lockdown in January 2020, and a spike in divorce enquiries was recorded just a couple of months later in March.

In England and Wales, one law firm has reported a 42% increase in divorce enquiries between 23 March (the day the lockdown started) and mid-May, compared to the same period in 2019. Some weeks, enquiries rose by 75% when compared to the previous year.

Reasons for divorce

As the figures show, many couples have found the lockdown hard to bear. Having to spend an increased amount of time together – with few other distractions – has placed strain on some marriages. Along with being forced to live in close quarters, the coronavirus has brought the added burdens of financial hardship, uncertain employment and health concerns. For those already encountering marital difficulties, this has proved too much.

For divorce lawyers, the news does not come as a surprise. Many family solicitors will tell you that January traditionally sees a surge in divorce enquiries, with the festive period driving some couples to breaking point. Christmas and the coronavirus have some parallels in this respect – namely that both require a couple to spend more time together than normal. This leads to more arguments and the realisation that the relationship is no longer a happy one.

Thinking about a divorce?

If you, too, would like to initiate the divorce process, please contact our divorce solicitors. We can listen to the circumstances of your family situation and advise what action to take next. You might currently be desperate to end the marriage, but it is important not to rush the decision. Covid-19 has put all of us under tremendous pressure and you need to be certain that a divorce is what you want.

If you are still unsure about the fate of your relationship, you might prefer to draw up a Deed of Separation instead. This outlines the terms of your separation, giving you space to consider your next move. If you are certain that a divorce is the best way forward, we can guide you through the process, helping you access any financial reliefs that are available.

Help if you are being subjected to domestic violence

For some, the desire to end a relationship is motivated by domestic violence. Being stuck at home with a violent partner is a terrifying ordeal, but there is help available. We can get you protection from the courts, while at the same time finalising your divorce proceedings.

Divorce solicitors Ireland

If you would like to know more about divorce in Ireland, or you are ready to start the divorce process, please contact us at Mullins & Treacy Solicitors. We are client focused and results driven.

Call us on 051 391 488 or email reception@mullinstreacy.ie for a no obligation enquiry.

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