BBC article assesses why COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns are causing spikes in break-ups and divorces

BBC article assesses why COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns are causing spikes in break-ups and divorces

Divorce rates are increasing around the world. Now a warning the pandemic-induced break-up curve may not have peaked.

The article reports that the charity Citizen’s Advice reported a spike in searches for online advice on ending a relationship when lockdown was brought in. Similar trends have been reported from Sweden, the US and China.

The surge in divorces and break-ups usually comes after families spend longer together. This can be during school holidays or at Christmas. Lockdown has been much like this, only with intense stress, economic and health concerns attached.

Disrupted routines and lost external support systems and leisure activities are also given as reasons for divorce and separation rates increasing.

For the full BBC article, published on 7th December, click on this link.