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Divorce Rates Skyrocket As Restrictions End

At the start of the Covid pandemic, people were clinging to family members and couples who may have been considering divorce put their plans on hold. As the vaccination rates have increased and workplaces have begun to reopen and social restrictions are ending, many spouses have decided they no longer want to be married to the person they quarantined with. Across the U.S. divorce rate has skyrocketed as restrictions end, and people have less fear and are more optimistic about the future. A recent article on the increased divorce rate in Business Insider said:

“The overall stresses of the pandemic — financial, emotional, and physical — are forcing some people to take a hard look at their partners. Tensions are high, and there’s nowhere to go.”

Many couples had issues in their marriage prior to the pandemic but put their divorce plans on hold for different reasons. While most divorce and family law offices like Zeigler Law Group, LLC continued to work remotely and to meet with clients via video technology, the Judges and divorce courts were also limited.

According to a survey from Legal Templates, couples that were spending 24/7 together and confronting major COVID-19 related stressors, resulted in a 34% increase in divorce agreements compared to the same period in 2019. And, that newlyweds were hit the hardest: 58% of those pursuing a divorce during the pandemic were married within the last five years – a 16% increase from 2019.

Domestic Abuse

The added tension on couples during the pandemic has not only increased divorce rates but also led to a rise in domestic abuse. While incidents of domestic abuse increased, the New England Journal of Medicine also reported a drop in domestic violence hotline calls.

Are You Considering Divorce?

A divorce consultation is a proactive decision if you are considering divorce in the future. The decision to divorce is not easy, and a pre-divorce consultation with an attorney who can assess your situation, explain the divorce process to you and give you impartial advice on your case can be helpful. At this point, you have not hired a lawyer: this is a consultation to understand your legal situation in the event you do decide to divorce in the future.

Before you decide to divorce, accurate information about family law, divorce, laws and unique case precedents in your state is vital information you need before deciding to divorce your spouse. If you are considering ending your marriage, you should consult a New Jersey attorney before you decide to end your marriage.

Zeigler Law Group, LLC is a divorce and family law firm serving all of New Jersey. Sonya K. Zeigler is a skilled attorney and is well-equipped to help individuals navigate the complex family legal system of divorce, child custody, and property distribution. The legal team at Zeigler Law Group, LLC is committed to securing a bright future for the clients and families they serve, through guided insight and zealous advocacy, and fighting to protect what they have worked so hard to earn.

Contact our attorneys at Zeigler Law Group, LLC today at 732-361-4827 to get started with an initial case evaluation.

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Sonya K, Zeigler, Esq. and her team have a well-earned reputation for committed and fierce legal representation. Our firm is here to provide you with the best possible guidance. Call Zeigler Law Group, LLC, at 732-361-4827 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Tom’s River, Red Bank, Princeton, and Mount Laurel, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the surrounding areas.

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