The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has completed a study from attorneys across the nation that show not only an increase in divorces resulting from the Covid pandemic, but even more alarming is that clients’ have very little patience.
Everyone’s patience has been tested through the 2019 forward as the world has suffered through the first worldwide pandemic in over 100 years. It is not surprising that many couples, who were forced to stay in a confined space together for the various lockdowns, have determined that they can no longer stay married. Some have discovered that they can no longer live with their partners’ idiosyncrasies, which were tolerable, or even amusing, when they only spent a few hours a day together. Others have decided that life is just too short to go on living in an unsatisfying or unhappy relationship.
Despite the increase in mental health treatment reported during the pandemic, some people still feel that is not enough to enable them to stay in what previously was an acceptable relationship and situation.
Before you decide that you are one of those people who must leave your relationship, please seek counseling from a mental health professional, either on your own or with your partner. You may find that a counselor is able to help you see that this situation is short-term and that the positive feelings you once had for your partner will return as the world finds its new normal.
If you are one of the couples that feels you must find a new path for your life, please consider Collaborative Divorce.
As the Courts continue to be taxed by the backlog of cases that were not able to be heard for over a year, hearings take longer to be scheduled, which usually results in higher legal fees to manage the situation until it can be fully resolved. Collaborative Divorce can be commenced immediately and resolved fully, usually within a few months and often at a much lower cost than a case that is resolved by a trial before the Court. Here are a few tips from attorney Russell Alexander called “5 Things to Know Before Getting a Divorce in Ontario During the Pandemic.” It’s interesting how these same 5 things are just as applicable in the United States as they are in Canada.
If you or someone you know is considering divorce, please contact me or another Collaboratively Trained Divorce Attorney in your area. Collaborative Divorce IS the better option for divorce for you, your family and your finances.