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Coming out of COVID-19: What This Means for You

Posted on July 29, 2020
Impact of COVID-19 on Divorce

During the period of quarantine, a lot of people were able to learn how to do many things, some of which included how to use the current leading singing app ‘Tik Tok’, cooking, getting back into their fitness, but for many others, this was a period for self-reflection and finding out what ‘self-worth’ really meant to them.

This is because they may have found themselves in a position where they were having to self-isolate with someone they either did not want to be with or someone they were in the process of separating from. Having been forced to spend so much time together due to the Government’s advice to stay at home, others may have realised that they actually no longer wish to carry on with their relationship. The added pressure from the children being off from school, a lot sooner than the summer school holidays, furlough and the possibility of some families going into bankruptcy, will have of course not helped the stress levels in an already strained relationship.  These will have certainly been testing times and evidence of ‘distance makes the heart grow fonder’.

Rather shockingly, the leading charity, Refuge, reported having received a 700% increase in the number of calls received from victims suffering from domestic abuse. This shows how different people can be when placed in circumstances that are not ‘normal’.

One of the things that you will want to consider is the financial implications of a divorce. This is because with Property prices falling, investments taking a hit and people being left without any job security, particularly those who were self-employed, people may find themselves in a position where they do not feel it is financially viable for them to leave their partners. This should not, however, deter you in doing what is right for you, as money cannot buy you happiness, and for some of us, it may that we are all ‘dried out’ from being financially abused.

It will be completely acceptable for you to feel anxious and even fear the aftermath of the pandemic, but we assure you, you are not alone in this. Many people will find themselves faced with the decision of whether they should carry on with their ‘loveless’ or abusive relationship until the ‘right time’ comes around or should they take that plunge and do what is best for them. Whatever decision you take, the Family team at Jefferies are here to listen to you with an empathetic ear, before letting you know all the things you need to know to make an informed decision about what step to take next. Our Family Law Solicitors are continuously keeping themselves up to date with the advice that is being administered by the Government and Courts post COVID-19 and so will continue to provide you with tailor-made advice to meet the needs of your case.

Having been able to come out of a pandemic such as COVID-19, is something to be proud of itself, but if you were one of those individuals who wants to find their ‘pursuit to happiness’, then contact our Family Department now on 01702 443 480 or

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