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Lawyers Expect Rise In Divorce Due To Coronavirus

As Couples Are On Stay To Home Orders, Lawyers Expect A Rise In Divorces

Since February 24th of this year, over 300 couples have scheduled appointments to get a divorce, said Lu Shijun, the manager of a marriage registry in Dazhou, Sichuan.

Hardeep Dhillon, a consultant solicitor of family law, said that after Christmas, the U.K. legal firm noticed a 230% increase in the internet search, “I want a divorce.” She is expecting a similar trend soon.

Like the holidays, more time spent together in self-isolation will put a strain on relationships “where problems already exist,” said Dhillon.

Like the holiday time, financial pressures compared to the feelings of uncertainty around employment and money created by the coronavirus, along with the current need to isolate “is something that many have not experienced before.” Dhillon added.

People attending school and/or working, and socializing with family and friends are essential for a person’s well being and restricting these things can have profound effects on families that now have to stay at home are undoubtedly going to be frustrated. Dhillon added.

Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag said she expected the firm’s “phones to go quiet” when the coronavirus crisis hit when actually the firm saw a rise in enquires from couples. Many of them feel they cannot bear another day with the person they no longer love.

Stuck in quarantine with your significant other can become a “pressure cooker waiting to blow” says Vardag.

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