The COVID-19 pandemic has been rough for a lot of people, with an upsurge in a lot of problems. Couples have been no exception, as reported by Donich Law and other family lawyers in Canada, as they’ve noted a spike in calls regarding separations and divorce in the midst of the pandemic.
Shulman & Partners LLP lawyer, Diana Isaac, says that they’ve had a lot of couples calling them about separation, looking to end their marriages since the onset of the pandemic, noting a 40% increase for their firm.
They say that they’ve seen people whose marriages have had issues, which ended up exacerbated by the pandemic, as people have been forced to stay in the same space for extended periods of time, on top of dealing with financial stress and other issues.
The sheer number of couples looking for advice regarding separation and divorce has led to some law firms like Donich Law and other divorce firms have turned to hosting online sessions to help people navigate the legal system.
Edit Farun, a divorce mediator, runs a team with family-law lawyer Charlotte Goldfried and social worker Debbie Shawn, hosting virtual meetups for couples that are looking for advice regarding separation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They admit that they’ve been caught off-guard by how many people have been asking for advice.
Farun says that people have been asking how long the process takes, how much it costs, and the like. They added that they’ve had meetups where they had to advise people on getting organized, and how to make sure that kids are well-taken care of.
They explain that it’s natural for couples to have friends and spend time outside socializing, which COVID-19 has taken away from them. Couples are in each other’s spaces 24/7, which means it’s been more a lot harder and complicated for families.
Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy President Andrew Sofin, a marriage counselor with 25 years of experience, says that they’ve never seen such strain on relationships like what COVID’s had.
They noted that the people that been in a lot of stress, like frontline workers, the people living in small places and the like, are the ones that are going into crisis.