Why COVID-19 is Causing a  Spike in Divorce Rates Part 2

Why COVID-19 is Causing a Spike in Divorce Rates Part 2

On November 15th we commented on a report from the Chinese city of Xi’an where divorce applications spiked. Officials opined that the shelter-in-place orders led to this increase. It was also reported that divorce rates historically increased following natural disasters as opposed to man-made disasters.

Other commentators theorized that: The combination of stress, unemployment, financial strain, death of loved ones, illness, homeschooling children, mental illnesses, and more has put a significant strain on relationships.

On November 26, 2020, Fox News reported that divorce rates skyrocketed during Thanksgiving week, which is not the norm.

One attorney interviewed by Business Insider said: “Typically, if it’s a Thanksgiving week, it would be quiet,” “It’s quiet in the sense that my phone’s not ringing off the hook, but I’m working as if it’s any other busy week. We’ve got loads of [virtual] court appearances and motions to file and it’s really busy.”

All the attorneys interviewed believed COVID-19 was to blame. An attorney practicing in New York City said: “I think familiarity breeds contempt and the more time they’re forced to be together where they don’t have an outlet outside of the marriage, because everything is so restrictive and their social lives outside of the house are restricted, those problems are magnified. They quickly realize that as soon as [the divorce is final] they want out.”

divorce rate spike

Although officials at Xi’an believed that many couples applying for divorce would have second thoughts later. As the pandemic continues there will be many long term social consequences. It will be interesting to see what happens during Christmas week. If the trends continue, we can expect more of the same. Will this trend continue after a vaccine is available?

If you are currently contemplating divorce, we are here to help.

The Brodie Friedman legal team provides clients with exceptional advice and personalized attention, by making your case our immediate priority. If you’re in need of excellent legal representation our team is here to help you.

With over 30 years of combined experience, Jason Brodie Esq. and Joshua Friedman Esq. will guide you toward realistic goals and provide committed advocacy toward achieving them. They are known throughout South Florida for dedicated client service, tenacity, and success in complex divorce litigation involving property division, child custody, and spousal support. 

To get a better understanding of the qualities our reputation is built on, contact our office in Boca Raton to schedule your initial phone consultation (561) 392-5100

Awards won by legal team

    Send Message

    Or Call Now at: 561-392-5100


    • phone 561-392-5100
    • timing Mon – Fri, 9AM – 5PM
    • email [email protected]
    • address 1675 N. Military Trail, Suite 730 Boca Raton, Florida 33486
    • Zoom consultations are available.