July 6, 2020

Should you file for a divorce during this pandemic?

Richmond Tymchuk Family Law

It’s no surprise that the psychological and economic strain from the coronavirus pandemic are taking a toll on relationships. There are record-setting numbers of divorce filings in countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and countless individuals are asking themselves if filing for divorce is a good idea. Before taking the leap and contacting a Calgary divorce lawyer, it is wise to look at the bigger picture to know if tensions from the pandemic are to blame.

Without personal space and time away from your partner and children, it is difficult to manage your own needs and process the rising stress from the pandemic. Look at your current arrangement and identify the changes that have taken place over the last few months.  Existing relationship issues may be coming into focus and compounding into much larger stressors.

  • Finances: Unemployed and lost wages due to COVID are burdens that increase stress levels inside a marriage. When money is tight, couples’ differences in money management styles become obvious. Increased financial stress is one of the most common reasons for divorce.
  • Child Care: School and daycare closures have left many families with a significant change in routine. Homeschooling and 24-hour childcare without a break are adding to an already stressful situation at home.
  • Employment: Two people working from home is anything but easy. It is difficult to manage the boundaries between work and family life when they are both everpresent.

Do any of the issues feel like they are on repeat? If so, the pandemic may be highlighting core problems in the marriage that felt easier to manage with the flow of daily life. These are the topics to bring up when consulting with a lawyer about a divorce. If this stress feels new and surprising, it may pass.

There are also issues worth addressing immediately. Domestic abuse and bullying should not be tolerated and are on the rise since the coronavirus lockdown. If you no longer feel safe in your home, Alberta has resources to help you. Contact the Crisis Support Service as soon as possible.

If the COVID pandemic has amplified the problems inside your marriage and you are seriously considering divorce, read on about How COVID is Affecting the Divorce Process. Richmond Tymchuk Family Law LLP is available to discuss your matter by phone, FaceTime, Zoom and email. Contact us anytime at [email protected].

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