In March 2020, divorce filings in China surged as people began to emerge from government-mandated lockdowns. The cities of Xian and Dazhou reported a record number of divorce filings in March. A Shanghai divorce lawyer indicated that his caseload increased by 25% after the city’s lockdown.ii Saudi Arabia also saw increases in divorces during the lockdown and reported a 30% increase in divorces during that time period.iii
Various websites in the United States that are focused on divorce have recently had hundreds of thousands of hits.iv Additionally, searches for resources on divorce increased 32% from March to May compared with the same months the previous year.v In an informal email survey by a relationship therapist, 31% of couples responded that the quarantine has harmed their relationship.vi
The “global financial and health crisis has created an enormous amount of economical and interpersonal difficulties for relationships” that will inevitably result in more divorces.viiAdditionally, many believe that the pandemic has caused people to re-evaluate their mortality and make changes in their lives. As with all life-altering experiences, people are re-evaluating how they want to spend the rest of their lives.viii Is your law firm prepared for the likely surge in divorce filings?