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Will the Coronavirus Crisis Cause Illinois Divorce Rates to Increase?

 Posted on March 30, 2020 in Divorce

Inverness divorce attorney coronavirusThere have been reports that divorce rates are increasing in China now that the spread of coronavirus has settled down. Typically, disasters tend to bring people together, so this current trend has many wondering why the virus seems to be tearing some couples apart. After an in-depth look, it is not difficult to understand why the coronavirus has caused the breakdown of some marriages.


While “social distancing” may be helping to slow the spread of the disease, it can cause a great deal of difficulty in a household. When spouses and family members are forced to spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week together, they may begin to argue over a variety of issues. These fights may escalate into more serious disagreements, especially if a couple has unresolved issues or resentments that have been building for years. If remaining constantly together in close quarters has caused the cracks in a couple’s relationship to deepen, and resolution of these issues seems unlikely or impossible, divorce may be the best option.

Money Troubles

The coronavirus has not only been a threat to the public’s health, but it has also caused a great deal of financial trouble for many families. Businesses such as restaurants and movie theaters have had to close, leaving the owners of those businesses struggling to make ends meet when they no longer have the income coming in that they once did. Many workers are also being told to stay home in order to limit the spread of the virus, leading to a loss of income that has affected their ability to make ends meet. Concerns about money are some of the primary issues that can lead to the breakdown of a marriage, and these financial difficulties may strain relationships past the breaking point, leading to more divorces.

Increased Anxiety

There is no doubt that the coronavirus has caused many people to experience anxiety. Not only is it making people sick and taking lives, but it has led to financial uncertainty about investments, job prospects, and many other areas of families’ lives. This increased level of stress and worry can put a great deal of strain on a marriage, leading to more arguments, communication issues, and other concerns that could eventually lead to divorce.

Contact Our Mt. Prospect Divorce Lawyer

It is unknown yet whether the coronavirus outbreak will lead to an increase in the number of divorce cases in Illinois and the United States. If you are facing divorce, it is important that you speak with a skilled Northwest Cook County family law attorney. Nicholas W. Richardson can help you through every step of your divorce, and he will work to help you achieve a fair settlement. Call our office today at 847.873.6741 to schedule a free consultation.


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