Wednesday, September 15, 2021

As Courts Reopen, Divorce Filings Are on the Rise

From The New York Times:

According to figures from the Superior Court of California, divorce filings are up significantly in Los Angeles over the last five months, as compared with the same period in 2020. And some lawyers and relationship experts say that divorce filings in New York and other states are also on the rise.

Of course, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to know whether the higher rates are because more people want to get divorced or because many courtrooms were closed during the pandemic, creating a backlog.

Mr. Wilson is a relationship expert and “breakup coach” in Nashville, who collects data from the thousands of surveys he sends to married couples. Two months ago, 2,704 married individuals responded to Mr. [Wilson]’s most recent survey regarding the effect on marriages from the reopenings after lockdowns. 

Among the survey’s questions was: “Since the reopening following the lockdowns of 2020/2021 and a significant return to normal from the changes of the Covid-19 pandemic, has your marriage relationship been impacted?” Twenty-one percent of respondents answered that the pandemic had harmed their marriage, a 10 percent increase from a survey asking the same question the year before

Read more here. 

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/family_law/2021/09/as-courts-reopen-divorce-filings-are-on-the-rise.html

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