Divorce During a Pandemic - Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. Brian D. Perskin & Associates
Divorce During a Pandemic

Divorce During a Pandemic

It’s been over four months since New York declared a state of emergency and we locked ourselves into our houses. No one in and no one out, just you and your family. For some, the added family time was a treat; it allowed for people to put the craziness of their “normal” schedules into perspective and focus on what really matters. Yet, for many, the added family time was an added stressor, particularly between spouses.

For those who were already experiencing marital issues, quarantine probably felt like the ultimate test, and perhaps it felt like you were bound to fail. Or, perhaps quarantining with your partner brought out an issue that you both had never experienced before. If this is the case for you, just know that you are not alone.

In fact, nolo.com, a site dedicated to legal advice for a wide variety of legal issues, reported that its article on child custody and visitation issues skyrocketed in traction during the pandemic and garnered thousands of views. DivorceNet.com, a site dedicated to legal advice pertaining specifically to divorce, also saw increased site visitation during the pandemic. In fact, from March to May, searches for information on divorce went up 32 percent, and searches for information on divorce during the same time period in 2019 actually went down 6 percent.

Because the pandemic has also caused quite the backup in courts, there is no quantitative way to tell if rates of divorce will go up. However, if people’s search inquiries are of any value, we should expect to see a spike. Even though the quarantine is completely unprecedented and hopefully a one-time occurrence in our lifetimes, the problems that it may have created are legitimate and may not end, even when COVID-19 is a thing of the past. Regardless of the what searches are trending and what everyone else is doing, be sure to make the decision that is right for you and your partner, even if that decision is a difficult one.

For the first time ever, New York courts began allowing e-filing a divorce proceeding. Need help filing for a divorce? Contact Brian D. Perskin and Associates today.

It’s been over four months since New York declared a state of emergency and we locked ourselves into our houses. No one in and no one out, just you and your family. For some, the added family time was a treat; it allowed for people to put the craziness of their “normal” schedules into perspective and focus on what really matters. Yet, for many, the added family time was an added stressor, particularly between spouses.

For those who were already experiencing marital issues, quarantine probably felt like the ultimate test, and perhaps it felt like you were bound to fail. Or, perhaps quarantining with your partner brought out an issue that you both had never experienced before. If this is the case for you, just know that you are not alone.

In fact, nolo.com, a site dedicated to legal advice for a wide variety of legal issues, reported that its article on child custody and visitation issues skyrocketed in traction during the pandemic and garnered thousands of views. DivorceNet.com, a site dedicated to legal advice pertaining specifically to divorce, also saw increased site visitation during the pandemic. In fact, from March to May, searches for information on divorce went up 32 percent, and searches for information on divorce during the same time period in 2019 actually went down 6 percent.

Because the pandemic has also caused quite the backup in courts, there is no quantitative way to tell if rates of divorce will go up. However, if people’s search inquiries are of any value, we should expect to see a spike. Even though the quarantine is completely unprecedented and hopefully a one-time occurrence in our lifetimes, the problems that it may have created are legitimate and may not end, even when COVID-19 is a thing of the past. Regardless of the what searches are trending and what everyone else is doing, be sure to make the decision that is right for you and your partner, even if that decision is a difficult one.

For the first time ever, New York courts began allowing e-filing a divorce proceeding. Need help filing for a divorce? Contact Brian D. Perskin and Associates today.