According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2017 roughly 42% of all marriages end in divorce. As of 2018, there was a slight increase to 44% of all marriages ended in divorce. That number is expected to continue to rise in 2019, currently projected to be between 40%-50%. The question now remains as to what 2020 will bring for divorce rates. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, the divorce rates in the United States will likely reach higher numbers than ever before. The reason for this lies in the effect that the COVID-19 outbreak had on the economy and on people in general. The first country to be seriously devastated by this outbreak has already began to see an increase in the amount of divorces. China’s divorce rates has significantly increased due to the amount of time couples were forced to spend together.
There are many reasons why couples get married. Some are for the right reasons and some are for the wrong reasons, but this can only be determined by the couple themselves. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused those reasons to be pushed into the center light of a relationship and will test a couple’s ability to stay together. There are many reasons why a divorce happens, which includes being unprepared, and financial strain.
Many people see divorce as a fix-all solution to any relationship problems that might exists. Unfortunately, many people do not take the time to actually work out their relationship issues before committing to each other. Over time, this causes a breakdown in the martial relationship which in turn leads to divorce in most cases. It can be argued that the time that couples spend apart mitigates the damages that this causes on their relationship, which leads to a mending on the broken marriage instead of a divorce. However, COVID-19 has forced most couples to stay in-doors together for a minimum of 30 days. Being forced to spend an extended period of time with your loved one may seem like a dream, but for some couples, that dream is a nightmare. However, this is not the only cause for the increase in the projected increase in divorce rates.
Another unfortunate side effect of the COVID-19 outbreak is the drastic toll that it has taken on the economy. Many people have been forced out of the labor force due to the virus and it is currently projected that it will take at least until 2023 for the economy to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak barring any resurgence of the virus. What does this mean for the divorce rate? It will likely mean an increase in the divorce rate. The number one issue that couples general fight about is infidelity, however, the second issue that most couple fight about is money. Most people become embarrassed by their lack of financial prosperity and choose not to discuss this issue with their spouse. This causes a breakdown in the communication of a relationship which eventually leads to divorce.
A 2018 survey, conducted by Ramsey Solution, found that high levels of debt and a severe lack of communication lead to an increase in stress and anxiety regarding household finances. This increase in stress and anxiety breaks down the marital relationship and often leads to divorce. In today’s economy, people are struggling financially due to the layoffs and business closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The stimulus package may stave off this effect for a while, but unless the economy returns back to normal and people’s stress levels regarding finances are reduces, the divorce rates will rise.
The combined factors of increased time spend with each other and a struggling economy may lead to a sharp increase in the divorce rate for 2020 in the United States.
If you’re interested in starting a divorce action, you should seek out an experienced divorce and family law attorney to guide you through the process. The divorce and family law attorneys at the Marnell Law Group have the knowledge and experience you need to guide you through all aspects of the divorce and family law proceedings including, but not limited to, issues of equitable distribution, child custody, child support, spousal support, orders of protection, abuse and neglect, CPS matters, and pre-nuptial agreements. Give us a call at (516) 542-9000 or send us a message on our contact page, and we’ll work with you through your divorce and family law matters.