US Divorces Rates Expected to Surge Amid Coronavirus Quarantine

05/15/2020



As the coronavirus has forced families across the nation into quarantine, cohabitating couples are more up close and personal with each other now more than ever. While being forced to spend so much time together, any little issues the relationship may have had are spotlighted when under the same roof 24/7. And if these conflicts were actually big issues in the first place, the chances that they may turn into deal-breakers has increased exponentially during coronavirus isolation. If what we’ve seen in China is any indication, predictions of a surge in divorces rates here in the States are looking more and more accurate.

Although China publishes nationwide statistics on divorce only annually, lawyers from various cities reported a 25% increase in caseloads as husbands and wives began emerging from weeks of government-mandated lockdowns in mid-March. Just as we’ve already seen in the United States, incidents of domestic violence multiplied in the far east during quarantine as well. The trend may be an ominous warning for couples in the U.S. and elsewhere who are in the early stages of isolating at home: If absence makes the heart grow fonder, the opposite might be true of too much time spent together in close quarters.

While internet do-gooders are trying to help couples cope with the newfound stress on their relationships, it seems inevitable that COVID-19 will lead to more than a few cases of covidivorces. Between the increased face time and any additional financial and parental struggles that may be brought on due to the virus, it seems as though it is only a matter of time until this virus-related onslaught of unfortunate outcomes finds itself infecting homes in another completely novel way.