Personal Law

Corona Virus: Causing a Spike in Divorce Rates

March 26, 2020

Corona virus is on the rise, people are panic buying, the world feels like it collapsing around us!

During these troubled times, families are banding together in the hopes of weathering the storm and coming out the other side relatively unscathed.  However, long periods of isolation together can cause frictions between many couples leading to bad feeling and potentially leading to relationships breaking down.

Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia, recently spoke to her peers in Westminster and recently gave the following explanation: “The prediction amongst divorce lawyers is that following imposed self-isolation it is very likely that the divorce rates will rise.  Our peak times are after long exposure during the summer holidays and at Christmas.  One only has to imagine what it is going to be like when families are sealed in a property for a long period of time”.  Baroness Shackleton represented Sir Paul McCartney, the Prince of Wales, Madonna and Liam Gallagher within their own family disputes.

So the question remains; if I would like to divorce after this corona virus blows over, what should I do?  

Our advice is to always seek the services of an expert in this area of law.  As you are no doubt aware, there is only one way in which to obtain a divorce in England and Wales and this is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, this means that the marriage has broken down so far that it cannot be fixed.  There are one of five ways in which to prove this, either by proving separation based on time or alternatively, adultery or unreasonable behaviour of your spouse.

Before taking any kind of steps for divorce or separation, you must also take concern and care when dealing with the financial implications of divorce.  Finances are a very tricky science for solicitors to deal with.  Finances are rarely dealt with on an objective basis and are always taken on a case by case analysis.  There is no real yardstick for which we can use to settle all financial matters.  However, there are two schools of thought, either a split based on equality or alternatively, on the needs of the parties.

We at Jarmans completely understand this is a very sensitive matter and requires the upmost finesse when advising and progressing further.  We are able to advise and provide expert advice…..


We offer a free, 15-minute, pre-bookable phone call with one of our experienced family law team. Alternatively, we offer a fixed £99 fee inc VAT  for a 45-minute appointment with one of our highly experienced family team. If you would like some confidential advice about a family legal issue, contact us today to book a meeting.