Surge in the number of divorces: Will an end to lockdown save my relationship?
The confirmation today from the Family Justice System that there has been a surge in the number of divorce cases is worrying, but hardly surprising. The pandemic is taking its toll on all aspects of our lives, including our relationships.
The government have been clear that we are on a one way path out of lockdown with restrictions set to ease significantly in the next couple of weeks and entirely by the Summer. This may provide some much needed hope to those in relationships that have been pushed to the brink as a result of the pandemic. The intensity of living in close quarters with one another and the inevitable change to the dynamic of those relationships has led to swathes of people seeking advice from family lawyers. In the past, family lawyers had to complete a court form confirming whether they had discussed the possibility of reconciliation with their client. Those days are gone, and yet, perhaps now more than ever, family lawyers should be pointing their clients in the direction of services like Relate and other forms counselling to see if the relationship can be saved.
Sadly, not every relationship or marriage will survive this pandemic and the Family Justice System have today confirmed a surge in the number of divorces. With such uncertainty at the current time, it is more important than ever, that those whose relationships have come to an end, seek legal advice from a family lawyer in order to understand their rights. This could not be more important than to those who have been the victims of domestic abuse. One of the most worrying statistics released today, is a further reported increase in the number of cases of domestic violence. This is a silent pandemic in itself. It is vital that people know that support is available and help will be provided.
One would hope that as lockdown comes to an end, the number of those divorcing will once again reduce. However, the long term impact of this pandemic remains an unknown and the damage caused to relationships and marriages over the last year may be long lasting.