Divorce Rates Spike in Quarantined Couples

Tarrah Gibbons
March 25, 2020 - 12:56 pm

If you’re planning to get a divorce, you may want to wait.

Filings for divorces keep spiking due to couples being quarantined and financially stressed, Page Six reported.

Matrimonial attorneys reported that they are experiencing a 50% rise in requests from potential clients. This is likely due to some couples being forced to spend more time together while quarantined due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

New York City divorce attorney William D. Zabel, a founding partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel, said his company has received many calls in the past week from “people seeking representation for divorce proceedings.”

In the past, his clients have included Matt Lauer and Howard Stern.

“People who have enjoyed busy lives suddenly find themselves confined together, at a time of incredible anxiety,” Zabel said.

The attorney expects a number of high-profile divorce cases in the coming months.

Melissa Thoen, a couples’ therapist and the clinical director of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in NYC said many fights will come from not having space and being overwhelmed. She also shared that in Xi’an, China, requests for divorce from couples coming out of months-plus-long quarantines cannot “be processed fast enough.”

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