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The Pressure of Lockdown on Families

Pressure of lockdown on families

There has been a wide range of impacts as a result of Covid-19, but the pressure of lockdown on families has been particularly difficult. For some, the lockdown has been the chance to spend precious time together – time that they would not normally get with one another. For others, a reduction in income due to being furloughed or made redundant; the pressure of working from home whilst also trying to home school, or being unable to get out for any longer than an hour of fresh air has been too much to cope with.

Co-existing in such challenging circumstances can prompt couples who had previously been considering separation or divorce to accelerate the process. Aspects that may have been small issues under normal situations have been magnified and multiplied by being in close quarters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over three months. Separation and potentially subsequent divorce is already a hard decision, and many couples try mediation before starting the official process, but even this has been increasingly difficult during Coronavirus. The worries about finances, childcare, the threat of unemployment, and family illnesses create additional strain and couples find themselves unable to communicate effectively. The extreme situation that lockdown has created should be acknowledged and considered as part of the decision making process before making rash decisions.

There is also a wider impact where children are involved. With schools closing, families have had to juggle homeschooling or care for younger children sometimes with limited or no support. This has caused even more stress on relationships, especially with parents who are already separated. Working out visits and staying safe whilst living apart have been particularly difficult during the pandemic increasing the pressure of lockdown on families.

Traditionally, January is a busy time for divorce solicitors, coming off the back of similar financial pressures and spending an increased amount of time together over Christmas. Lockdown has created a similar effect, but with added worries and stresses and over a longer period of time. Unsurprising then that some couples are at breaking point. Ultimately, lockdown may have a longer-term knock-on effect on families breaking down which is yet to be seen, however, it has already certainly shown an acceleration in couples starting separation or divorce proceedings.

If you are considering separation or divorce, Hibberts family law solicitors can support you in these difficult circumstances. Contact our divorce solicitors Crewe for a consultation.

Donna Riley

Donna Riley

Senior Chartered Legal Executive (F.C.Inst.L.Ex), Head of Private Family Law

Donna Riley is the Head of Private Family Law here at Hibberts.Donna is a Specialist Family Lawyer and a Senior Chartered Legal Executive (F.C.Inst.L.Ex).She is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist with particular specialisms in Private Children Law and Complex Financial Remedies resulting from the breakdown of a marriage or partnership. Donna has specialised exclusively in Family Law since 1997 working in the Cheshire and Staffordshire area. She has extensive experience and knowledge in relation to Family Law matters. Many of Donna's clients are recommended to her as a result of her excellent reputation as an expert in Family Law matters.Hibberts are pleased to be able to offer clients a fully Accredited Family Law Service as Donna is Accredited by the Law Society Family Law Accreditation Scheme. Membership of this scheme is reserved to Family Lawyers who have shown that they have and will maintain the required level of competence and knowledge, as defined by the Law Society, in the area of Family Law.