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How Will a Global Pandemic Affect Divorce Rates?

As many Americans face lockdowns with their spouses–and more quarreling in already tense relationships–they find themselves wondering if divorce is looming on the horizon. How do significant historical events affect the divorce rate? And what does this mean for us?

Divorce and 9/11

Sometimes, when things are uncertain, couples seek comfort with the familiar. One notable example is 9/11. Immediately after the terrorist attacks in New York City, the divorce rate dropped by 32%. The rate dropped in New York and the surrounding area, as well as in other large cities, like Los Angeles.

A similar divorce rate drop happened after the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. Couples simply chose to stay together rather than separate during a difficult time. However, the divorce decrease may not have lasted that long. While couples chose to stay together immediately following the event, the divorce rate eventually increased in the long term.

Divorce and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

One study of military families found an increase in the divorce rate for soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. The divorce rate directly correlated to the amount of time the military spouse was deployed in a war zone. 

Couples that experienced deployment to war zones were 28% more likely to divorce within three years of marriage, compared with couples that experienced similar deployment in more peaceful times before 9/11.

The 2013 RAND Corporation study found that, after deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, couples faced the increased stress of being apart, as well as the stresses that can come when a military spouse returns to civilian life–like PTSD.

Divorce and Natural Disasters

Stress of all types can have an impact on the divorce rate. Studies have generally found that the stress of natural disasters drives couples apart. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, for example, the divorce rate notoriously spiked. Divorce rates also increased after Hurricane Hugo, Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Sandy.

Divorce and COVID-19

The New York Times recently reported that, in China, where the novel coronavirus forced hundreds of millions of people into lockdown, the number of divorce applications surged in at least two Chinese provinces when restrictions were lifted.

So, how will coronavirus affect the divorce rate globally? Only time will tell. The global pandemic is unprecedented. While there have been other pandemics, this one comes at a unique time in American history where divorce is more accepted than earlier in history.

Reach Out to Our Team for Divorce Help

At the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., we understand the major stresses that COVID-19 and the things that come with it–like social isolation and job loss–can put on a marriage. If you would like to seek legal counsel, our attorneys can help you achieve the best possible outcome. For a confidential consultation, call our Arlington office at 817-755-1852 or send us a message.


Can I Still Contact an Attorney During Uncertain Times?

It probably comes as no surprise that COVID-19 has slowed or stopped many important activities in Texas and across the globe. The Texas courts are no exception. Courts have slowed across the state, and jury trials are on hold. 

You should know, however, that stay home orders do not include many essential services. And “workers supporting the operations of the judicial system” are an essential service. Judges, clerks and court staff are all working–they’re just working in ways that help protect them and others from potential exposure to the coronavirus.

So, if you have an essential legal matter that needs to be taken care of, courts will be able to act–even in such uncertain times. You should not hesitate to contact an attorney for the help you need. This is especially true for matters like:

  • Child protection
  • CPS hearings, like removals, status reviews and permanency review hearings
  • Domestic abuse/family violence, including temporary restraining orders (TROs)
  • Adoptions
  • Child support bond releases
  • Protection of someone you love when their health or safety is at risk

Video Conferences Through Zoom

Courts are adapting to what may be our “new normal” for some time. For example, many essential hearings are taking place as video conferences. Texas courts have access to new remote proceedings capability through Zoom, and the court system says that some proceedings can be conducted remotely through this technology.

If you’ve never done a Zoom conference before, you’ll likely become familiar soon. The number of Zoom users has increased significantly. If you do appear at a video conference, your lawyer will walk you through how it works to help ensure things go smoothly.

Estate Planning and COVID-19

It’s also a good time to talk with an attorney about your estate planning documents. Having an estate plan in place can give you peace of mind, even during uncertain times. Your lawyer can draft a will, power of attorney, health care directive and other important documents.

These documents will help make sure your wishes are followed in the event of serious illness. They can give your loved ones the tools necessary to manage your affairs and to make important decisions about your healthcare and finances.

Questions About Family Court? Contact an Attorney.

If you need legal help protecting your interests or the interests of a loved one during uncertain times, call the Arlington office of the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., at 817-799-7125 or send us a message. Our Texas divorce lawyers are here to support you and your family.