Divorce rates in America soar by 34% during the COVID-19 pandemic with marriages crumbling three weeks into quarantine and newlywed separations doubling to 20 percent

Divorce rates in America soar by 34% during the COVID-19 pandemic with marriages crumbling three weeks into quarantine and newlywed separations doubling to 20 percent

  • Data from Legal Templates indicates that divorce rates soared during the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • A combination of pandemic stress, including unemployment and quarantine, may have contributed to the uptick 
  • There was a 34% increase in sales for divorce agreements compared to 2019
  • Interest in divorce spiked on April 13, which is approximately three weeks after most states implemented lockdown orders
  • Southern states in the Bible Belt recorded the highest number of divorce rates, per Legal Templates 
  • Newlyweds married under five months were hit the hardest, but those married within five years also sought divorces 

By LAUREN EDMONDS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 10:39 EDT, 28 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:41 EDT, 28 August 2020

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