Covid has had a dramatic global impact on our world and everyone in it, especially all the human souls that have been lost in this last year. One of the other harsh realities that Covid has had is the difficulty it has created in marriages and relationships, which, prior to Covid, appeared to have been sound and healthy.
Being Covid restricted and limited to our home environments, many have found themselves in their marriages and significant relationships with fewer places to go and fewer distractions to occupy their time. Couples have been forced to live almost 24/7 in the same space without any independent outside relief. Even in the best of relationships, people need some down or alone time and distractions, plus occasions with other people they interact with other than their primary relationship or spouse.
For many this dynamic made them aware that they could no longer ignore some of the harsh realities of their marriages and intimate relationships. For others however, it actually created a dynamic that enabled their relationship to strengthen because they spent more quality time and chose to do inventive things together.
There is no doubt, that even for the best of marriages and couples, the immense load of stress, combined with close quarters, can make arguments more likely and irritations that would normally be ignored, amplified. Some couples can work through and overcome obstacles and disruptions and eruptions in their relationship, while other couples simply cannot. This is the simple truth about divorce and how divorce may come about. It has been a lot harder during the pandemic, when things are so amplified and also the resources enabling to alleviate the stress are all but non-existent.
As this article points out, Covid conditions have acted as an accelerant. To make matters worse for those who need court intervention, the courts have been at times completely shut down and with very limited access for only matters that qualify as true emergencies.
That is why being able to use alternatives, such as collaborative divorce, is essential. In a collaborative divorce, the parties never have to step into a court room or court house, only their paperwork goes to the court house.
This article clearly outlines seven (7) reasons why couples are filing for divorce during covid and why covid has been the accelerator for some couples.
Selected excerpt(s), photo and linked article courtesy of Jeremy Brown, Fatherly