COVID-19 is proving to cause strife in many marriages as couples face new challenges presented by the pandemic. Divorce rates are on the rise likely due to the struggles couples face as they adjust to life after quarantine, changed work schedules, homeschooling children, loss of income, and more. These stressors can cause underlying conflicts to emerge in relationships, which can lead to increased tension in marriages already facing marital strife.
Traffic to DivorceMag.com at Record Highs as Divorce Rates Soar During COVID-19
In mid-March, at the very beginning stages of pandemic quarantines and lockdowns in North America, DivorceMag.com’s traffic dipped. In April, however, traffic began to rise and has not stopped rising since.
“In August of this year, our website traffic reached an all-time high with 365,000 visits. This is a 90% increase over March 2020,” says Martha Chan, V.P. of marketing at Divorce Marketing Group.
Chan also stated that in the past 12 months, DivorceMag received over 2.8 million visits – half of which came in the last four months alone.
She believes that this spike in traffic is directly related to unhappy couples being in lockdown together because of COVID-19. As more people are considering divorce, they are weighing out their options and researching the divorce process online.
DivorceMag.com offers thousands of articles, blog posts, podcasts, and videos for people interested in learning more about the divorce process. As one of the leading online resources for everything related to divorce, more and more people are visiting our website to research their options and gain more information about divorce and separation.
In fact, LegalTemplates.net, a website specializing in creating legal documents, has also reported a shocking increase in divorce agreements since the start of the pandemic: the website saw a 34% increase in the sale of their Divorce Agreements from April to June 2020.
Some highlights from the report include:
- Interest in divorce peaked on April 13. This date was roughly 3 weeks into quarantine in most of the states.
- 45% of these divorcing couples have children.
- 58% of the couples filing for divorce were married within the last five years
- 20% of couples filing for divorce were married for only 5 months or less before divorcing. This is two times the rate of 2019
It is clear that the growing tension between couples caused by the stressors brought on by coronavirus has far-reaching effects. More and more couples are looking into their options for divorce, consulting with lawyers, and researching divorce information online.
www.DivorceMag.com has seen results very similar to LegalTemplates.net, with record-high traffic increases in traffic over the last few months: a trend that shows no sign of ending any time soon.
What Does This Mean?
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing conflict to emerge in marriages that may have already been dealing with marital strife. As couples continue to deal with the hardships brought on by coronavirus, more and more people are researching their divorce options online. With website traffic at DivorceMag.com at an all-time high, our prediction is that divorce rates are likely to increase in the coming months as spouses continue to adjust to life during a pandemic.
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