The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has upturned everyone’s lives, from work to school to summer plans. It has also had a major impact on many couples’ marriages, for better and for worse. With spouses stuck together in close quarters, tensions can rise quickly. For some, these tensions may even lead to separation or divorce.

Reasons why couples may divorce due to quarantine

Though divorce usually has multiple complex causes, these are some of the factors related to COVID-19 that may contribute to divorce:

  • Familiarity breeds contempt

Spending hours upon hours with the same person is enough to turn feelings of love to feelings of annoyance. It could wear any marriage thin. For spouses who already had marital issues, this excess of time together can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

  • Financial woes

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the local and national economy. Many people have lost their jobs or watched their businesses slowly collapse. Financial problems like job loss and debt can contribute to feelings of resentment, mistrust and insecurity, all of which can contribute to a divorce.

  • Stress

This brings us to one of the most common causes of relationship problems: stress. Under enough stress, even the strongest of marriages may crumble. And coping with the stress of homeschooling children, working from home, feeling cooped up and worrying about the pandemic may be too much for some relationships to bear.

Every relationship is unique, and these are only a few of the main factors that may lead to separation and divorce during this pandemic.

What to do if you are considering divorce

The quarantine has temporarily isolated people from each other, but this does not mean that you have to face a divorce alone. If you or your spouse is considering putting an end to your marriage, you can seek the counsel of a divorce lawyer. An attorney will advise you and guide you through this process and can advocate for your best interests long after the pandemic has ended.