At the start of the Covid pandemic, people were clinging to family members and couples who may have been considering divorce put their plans on hold. As the vaccination rates have increased and workplaces have begun to reopen and social restrictions are ending, many spouses have decided they no longer want to be married to the person they quarantined with. Across the U.S. divorce rate has skyrocketed as restrictions end, and people have less fear and are more optimistic about the future. A recent article on the increased divorce rate in Business Insider said:
“The overall stresses of the pandemic — financial, emotional, and physical — are forcing some people to take a hard look at their partners. Tensions are high, and there's nowhere to go.”
Many couples had issues in their marriage prior to the pandemic but put their divorce plans on hold for different reasons. While most divorce and family law offices like Stolfe-Zeigler continued to work remotely and to meet with clients via video technology, the Judges and divorce courts were also limited.
According to a survey from LegalTemplates, couples that were spending 24/7 together and confronting major COVID-19 related stressors, resulted in a 34% increase in divorce agreements compared to the same period in 2019. And, that newlyweds were hit the hardest: 58% of those pursuing a divorce during the pandemic were married within the last five years - a 16% increase from 2019.
The added tension on couples during the pandemic has not only increased divorce rates but also led to a rise in domestic abuse. While incidents of domestic abuse increased, the New England Journal of Medicine also reported a drop in domestic violence hotline calls.
Are You Considering Divorce?
A divorce consultation is a proactive decision if you are considering divorce in the future. The decision to divorce is not easy, and a pre-divorce consultation with a divorce attorney who can assess your situation, explain the divorce process to you and give you impartial advice on your case can be helpful. At this point, you have not hired a divorce lawyer: this is a consultation to understand your legal situation in the event you do decide to divorce in the future.
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Before you decide to divorce, accurate information about family law, divorce, laws and unique case precedents in your state is vital information you need before deciding to divorce your spouse. If you are considering ending your marriage, you should consult a New Jersey divorce and family law attorney before you decide to end your marriage.
Stolfe Zeigler is a divorce and family law firm serving all of New Jersey. Founding partners Abigale M. Stolfe and Sonya K. Zeigler are skilled divorce and family law attorneys and are well-equipped to help individuals navigate the complex family legal system of divorce, child custody, and property distribution. The legal team at Stolfe Zeigler is committed to securing a bright future for the clients and families they serve, through guided insight and zealous advocacy, and fighting to protect what they have worked so hard to earn.
Contact our attorneys at Stolfe Zeigler today at (732) 585-1651 to get started with an initial case evaluation.