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Will the Coronavirus Crisis Cause a Surge in Divorces?

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Crises can put strain on any relationship, and one major crisis that couples across the globe are now facing is the coronavirus pandemic. As Canada continues its phased reopening, there is expected to be an increase in divorces as normalcy returns.

On January 23, the government in China imposed a lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. In March 2020, when the Chinese government lifted the lockdown, divorce lawyers saw a rise in the number of people filing for divorce.

When China was preparing to ease restrictions, Canada was preparing to go into lockdown. Now, as Canadians continue to experience the effects of the pandemic, divorce lawyers across the country have reported an increase in enquiries and expect to see a surge in divorce filings as provinces loosen restrictions.

During the lockdown, many Canadians were forced to work from home. They also had to give up activities such as dining out and spending time with friends. This meant couples who previously did not spend much time alone with each other had to live in close, constant contact, and many started to question whether they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with their spouses.

Issues that already plagued marriages have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The pandemic has also created new challenges as spouses respond differently to the crisis. Some are disappointed with their spouses’ disregard for the rules that are intended to keep them safe. Others are annoyed as they believe their spouses have gone overboard with the precautions. Furthermore, financial problems have always been a leading cause of divorce. It has not helped that, for many, the pandemic has come with new financial worries, adding even more strain to relationships.

It is important to note, the current state of affairs will only amplify pre-existing problems in a marriage, and unions that do not survive the pandemic would have likely ended in a divorce later.

Due to the measures that were implemented to help flatten the curve, many family law matters were put on hold, leading to a backlog, which may cause delays in your case. For that reason, once you have decided your marriage is over, you should consult a lawyer to get the divorce process started.

Consult our divorce lawyers today!

If you are searching for a divorce lawyer in Surrey, contact us at Highland Law. At Highland Law, our Surrey divorce lawyers are committed to providing clients with honest, cost-effective legal services to help resolve the issues that arise in a divorce.

First, we recommend negotiating on your behalf with your spouse to settle matters such as child custody and support, spousal support, and division of property. If your spouse is unwilling to agree to a fair settlement, we are experienced and prepared to proceed to trial, where we will fight to protect your legal rights.

Give us a call today to schedule a free legal consultation. Let us show you how we can help.

 

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