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Challenges of COVID-19 in a Divorce, Breakup, and Co-Parenting

Written by: Janet Henson, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining many marriages and some to breaking point. In many countries, the divorce rate is rising as couples are impacted by the emotional, physical, and economic fallout since March 2020. The COVID-19 pressure effect results in marriages becoming more fragile due to couples experiencing so much stress.

Reason or the final straw

My experience with my clients is that often COVID-19 is not the reason for the split but the catalyst, the final straw. It’s just that final push for one of the partners to realize that they are unhappy and wish to change their lives. COVID-19 has made many people realize that life is short and they need to grasp it and live it to the fullest. Staying in an unhappy marriage, especially a toxic one, is no longer an option.

COVID-19 is a real test of a relationship, and lockdowns suddenly mean that couples have to spend 24 hours together seven days a week. Disillusionment is brought to the fore after being forced into closer proximity and spending more time with their partners. The annoying behaviors and opinions of their partners suddenly come into focus, and thus a realization that they can no longer accept this in their lives. On a positive note, facing the fact that you need to leave an unhappy marriage in the long run is a good thing.

However, many couples thrived during lockdowns and used it as a new restart to the relationship. They re-evaluated their lives and realized that their lifestyle was too hectic and driven by material desires, which meant they had lost their way. Thus, averting a possible split down the road if they had not taken action.

An excuse to stay in a bad relationship?