Divorce rates are up in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic as couples have been home together for several months.
New data collected from Legal Templates reveals survey results on the impact of pandemic lock down on relationships. According to the data gathered, the number of couples seeking divorces increased 34% higher from March through June compared to 2019.
In cooperation with mandates, couples are spending more time together, leaving them with the stressors related to the pandemic. As a result, a combination of quarantine conditions, financial distress, illness, mental health, and more are putting strain on relationships. According to the data, 31% of the couples confess that their relationship suffered damage by coronavirus related issues.
Interest in separation during quarantine peaked on April 13, according to the report. That’s just two to three weeks into when the majority of states began official quarantines. “It’s possible that divorces spiked as people entered what mental health and human service professionals refer to as the “disillusionment phase” of the Phases of Disaster, said the report. “This is the time when optimism turns to discouragement, stress heightens, and negative reactions often occur.”
Newlyweds and southern states highest in divorce rate
The data reveals that 58% of users seeking divorce during the pandemic married within the last five years. This is a 16% increase compared to 2019.
“This indicates that recently married couples were less equipped to deal with the stressors of the COVID-19 virus than mature couples,” said the document.
The data also shows southern states recorded the highest number of divorce rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. These states have a divorce rate two to three times higher than other regions in the United States. In addition, it shows these states suffered the hardest hit by the pandemic with “high risk layoff occupations.”
The number of life insurance policies and divorce settlement payouts skyrocketed as well.
“It’s possible that divorce rates will continue to rise as economic, financial, social, institutional, and psychological turmoil from the COVID-19 virus unfolds,” concluded Legal Templates.