Covid-19 putting pressure on couples prompting ‘‘post-lockdown divorce boom’’ prediction

Covid-19 putting pressure on couples prompting ‘‘post-lockdown divorce boom’’ prediction

Divorce figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics show that there were 107,599 opposite-sex divorces and 822 same-sex divorces in 2019. This represents an increase from the 2018 figures, which showed that there were 90,871 opposite sex divorces and 428 same sex divorces.

These figures come as Citizens Advice predicted in September that there will be a "post-lockdown divorce boom". Citizens Advice have seen an increase in views on its Divorce webpage since April and it had seen an increase in views of 25% on its webpage on 1 September 2020, in comparison with 1 September 2019.

The data suggests that the pandemic has put increased pressure on marriages. It is possible to see how this may be the case, given the financial pressures caused by the pandemic and the increased time couples are spending together as a result of the lockdown restrictions, both of which may expose existing underlying problems within marriages.

Deciding whether to proceed with a divorce can be a very difficult decision, particularly if you are concerned about the financial implications and the impact that a divorce may have on your children. However, if you have experienced difficulties within your marriage during the pandemic, it is important to be aware of your options to enable you to come to an informed decision about how you would like to proceed.

Clapham & Collinge's family law advice is bespoke, confidential and totally designed around you, helping you come to the best conclusion for both you and your family. Neale Grearson, who is a Partner and Head of Family Law Department at Clapham & Collinge LLP, is a qualified Collaborative Lawyer and member of the Norfolk Good Divorce Group. This is made up of family lawyers from firms throughout the county who are committed to helping clients achieve a divorce or separation in a non-confrontational way, without going to court.

Neale, together with Associate Solicitor Caroline Eaton are members of Resolution and fully support and uphold Resolution's Code of Practice in the work they do. Click here for more information on the family law services we offer.

If you would like to seek advice on any family law issues, please contact our dedicated Client Relations Team on 01603 693500 or email us using the 'Make an enquiry' form on our website. Face-to-face meetings are available by appointment only at our Norwich, North Walsham and Sheringham offices.

*This article is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or other professional advice.