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Divorce Rates Soar
in Response to COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted personal relationships

Perhaps unsurprisingly, divorce rates around the world are predicted to soar in 2021. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on businesses and economies, but it’s also putting relationships under strain.

A couple's argument crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has produced mental and financial strain
on many couples and families, which could in turn result
in more relationship breakdowns post pandemic.

Lockdown restrictions

For entrepreneurs and small business owners, the practical impact of coronavirus has been particularly difficult to deal with. Lockdown restrictions have prevented many brick and mortar businesses from trading, while online firms have struggled to cope with disrupted supply chains and delayed deliveries.

Of course, anyone can experience relationship difficulties at any time, but the pressures associated with the pandemic have certainly accelerated many breakdowns and additional stress. The more families and couples spend time together, the more problems could accrue, especially when faced with additional pressures of lockdowns and health crisis. Not to mention financial side of it all, which is often fundamental to many problems.

If you’re concerned about your relationship, take a look at these top tips now:

1. Identify Issues

If things aren’t going well with your significant other, take the time to sit down and think rationally about what the issues may be. Major issues, such as financial disagreements, could be a precursor to a relationship breakdown, but more minor issues, like forgetting to put the milk back in the refrigerator, probably aren’t a dealbreaker.

2. Create Your Own Space

If you and/or your partner are working from home, you’re probably spending a lot more time together, which can put a strain on any relationship! As people hastily create makeshift offices at home, being stuck in close quarters with your significant other for an extended period of time can be tricky.

If possible, do everything you can to create your own individual work space. While you may not have a suite of spare rooms to use, you could set up temporary workspaces in the living area and bedroom, for example, which will give you a little more alone time.

3. Talk to a Therapist

Many people assume that they’re unable to access medical services while the pandemic is on-going. However, this isn’t the case at all in most countries. Medical professionals, including therapists, are still available, although there may be a change in the usual protocol.

Therapists and counsellors are routinely offering virtual appointments, for example, which enable you to talk to someone in confidence without having to leave your home or come into close contact with anyone else.

4. Get Legal Advice

If you do think your relationship may break down in the near future, it’s important to get legal advice. With assistance from a reputable divorce lawyer, like M. Sue Wilson, you can establish what your rights are if you do proceed with a divorce. In addition to this, you may find it helpful to begin putting certain documents, such as bank statements, aside, as these will be required if you do decide to formally separate from your partner.

Dealing with the Impact of COVID-19

The main focus, in relation to coronavirus, has, of course, been its effect on the health of the global population. However, it’s important to address its impact on other areas too. To date, COVID-19 has caused practical, financial and emotional hardships on a significant scale. By acknowledging the various ways coronavirus is affecting you and your family, you can begin to process and resolve many of the issues you’re facing.

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