Will Florida See More Divorces Because Of The Quarantine?
Divorce lawyers often refer to ‘divorce season’ as falling in the months of January and February. In some ways it is illogical that during a time of festivities and holidays, people are more likely to consider divorce while in other ways, it makes perfect sense. During the holidays at the end of the year, people spend much more time together than they typically do, and this is also the time of year that people become increasingly worried about money.
These reasons are all applicable to periods of quarantine too, which is why China has already seen an increase in divorce filings. The question is now, will Florida also see more divorces once the quarantine is lifted? While there is no way to determine that until this time is over, below is a look into how the quarantine is affecting the family unit.
Self-Isolation Increases Stress
Typically, two spouses go to work for the majority of the day, or one spouse remains at home caring for children and tending to domestic issues. When one or both spouses return from work they may just spend a few hours together until they wind down for the night. The next day, the routine starts again.
This small separation throughout the day when one or both people go to work may be good for couples. It gives them time to see and talk to other people, and gives them new things to share with their spouse at the end of the day. However, when people are forced to spend all of their time together, seven days a week and 24 hours a day, it can put a real strain on the relationship. People may start to bicker over small things, while things that bothered one spouse prior to quarantine may become a bigger issue.
Stress and fights over money has historically been one of the main reasons people divorce, and that holds true today. As people have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, or even if they are only temporarily unable to work, it places a huge financial strain on families. Even though both spouses may understand that there is little that can be done about these factors, it does not reduce the stress any, and people may still argue about how money is being spent, or how they are going to make their mortgage payments. This may also lead to a spike in divorces due to COVID-19.
Our Florida Divorce Lawyers are Here to Help
No one wants to consider the possibility of something as difficult and stressful as divorce, particularly when the state and country are already going through such a crisis. Unfortunately, as divorces increase around the globe, it may happen here in Florida as well. If you find yourself in that position, our Orlando family lawyers are here to help. At O’Mara Law Group, we can help you navigate the divorce process, will always ensure your rights are upheld, and give you the best chance of securing the fair settlement you deserve. Call us today at (407) 634-6604 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.