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Contagion! UK Expects a Surge in Divorces following COVID-19, Should Canada Expect the Same?

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Contagion! UK Expects a Surge in Divorces following COVID-19, Should Canada Expect the Same?

By Russell I. Alexander

 

We recently reported the high increase of divorces in an area in China due to COVID-19. Will that desire to separate also prove to be contagious? A recent article from cnbc highlights that a similar situation may begin in the United Kingdom which leads us to wonder if it may also make its way overseas.

The theory behind this surge in couples separating does indeed hold logic due to the effects COVID-19 has had on our daily lives these past few weeks. First, the inherent stress and uncertainty of the situation can take its toll on anyone let alone a couple that may be experiencing underlying marital issues. Second, the global quarantines that have been implemented as an effort to slow down the spread of the virus has forced us to spend more time with our loved one. Yes, this is a good thing for most families however we all know that it can become overwhelming at times. Third, economic difficulties from potential unemployment and financial uncertainty is lingering and may serve as a spark to martial problems.

The stress and uncertainty of the situation can take its toll on anyone ~
Jason Isenberg, Associate Lawyer

Finally, physical and mental health during this time are very sensitive and without proper compassion from our loved ones we may start to ask internal questions.

From a family law firm’s perspective many of these “pressure cooker” factors ring familiar. Family law matters often begin to heat up after holidays such as Christmas or summer vacation due to similar a large

portion of families going through the same things they are during COVID-19 (i.e. self-imposed confinement, financial uncertainty, etc.). It is important to keep these factors in mind while going through this COVID-19 situation and time will tell if the surge in China will spread to the UK and overseas.

 

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About the author

Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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