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.”
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?
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