Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, many have theorized that stay-at-home orders and working from home would eventually cause many couples to get divorced. Some have even likened quarantine to a relationship pressure cooker or a time machine, where couples experience years’ worth of conflict in the span of just a few months.
Interesting data now suggests more divorces could indeed be on the way.
More People Are Currently Searching for “Divorce” Online
Google Trends is a tool that shows a topic’s popularity based on how often people are searching for it online. It rates popularity on a 1-100 scale, with 100 indicating peak popularity. In August, we looked at Google Trends for the word “divorce” in the US.
At the start of the pandemic, divorce was at a 64 on the popularity scale. By the start of June and through July, divorce was consistently between 90 and 100. Here in Texas, divorce was a 60 in mid-March, hit 100 in mid-June, and has been at 90 or above ever since.
There are only seven states in the country where divorce has been a more popular search topic than in Texas during the pandemic.
With more people exploring the idea of divorce, it does seem possible that the divorce rate will rise once the pandemic abates and courts can fully reopen. The stress of job loss, parenting, school decisions and the many other complications caused by the virus are all contributing factors.
Texas Courts Continue to Face Disruption
One issue facing potential divorce filers is the disruption of Texas court operations. Court closures, shorter hours, moving proceedings online and other virus mitigation measures have all affected the way cases move through the system. These issues have also impacted people who need to resolve issues like child custody and support.
Someone Is Available to Help You
At a time like this, the assistance of a Texas family law attorney is more valuable than ever. If you decide to go forward with a divorce, or if your spouse has already filed, don’t try to handle the matter on your own.
There are many variables—deadlines, changing procedures, temporary rule changes and more—that only an experienced lawyer will be able to navigate. Getting the right lawyer on your side can take away some of the stress you’re feeling as a result of this difficult situation.
Our Collin County Divorce Lawyers Are Available
The team at Albin Oldner Law, PLLC, is dedicated to helping Texans navigate the divorce process during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our attorneys are available via video conferences, phone calls and email conversations. To discuss your options, call us today at (214) 423-5100 or send us a message.