Are you wondering about the divorce rates in Canada because of COVID-19? I run a legal website where people search for divorce lawyers. Since the beginning of COVID-19, the number of people that fill out forms on our website has greatly increased.
There have been at least four times an increase in the number of people wanting to get divorced and to fight for child custody. It has been hard to keep up with it from an operational point of view.
It is also clear that there has also been an increase in domestic abuse in Canada. Tensions are high, and spouses are not going into the office. For those with violent tendencies, this has led to increased violence.
Separation Because of COVID-19
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction conducted a study that one in four Canadians between the ages of 35-54 increased the amount of alcohol they drank during COVID-19.
When people are drunk and stressed out, they are far more likely to be violent. To make matters worse, those experiencing domestic abuse will have no way to leave the house and get away. This will likely lead to the person being abused turning to alcohol as well. Every time I walk past a liquor store, there’s a lineup. People don’t look happy.
Divorce Rates Way Up In Canada
Canadians are also taking a shorter period of time to go ahead with their divorce than before the Coronavirus. In the past, people might think about it for a year. Now when people contact us, they seem ready to file.
A number of reasons that people give for separation are the stresses associated with their children and spouse working from home. There has also been significant financial stress added to many across Canada. Sometimes people just want to start again.
Before COVID-19, people had vacations to look forward to. There also might be a conference a few months away. Now people are stuck in the house all the time.
Spouses were not used to spending so much time together. This will mean that any issues they have been avoiding over the past several years will come out in the light.
For some, this will lead to divorce. For those that can deal with the issues, it will create a much stronger marriage.
Alistair Vigier is the CEO of ClearWay Law, a website that helps people find divorce lawyers in Canada and China.