DIVORCE RATE SPIKES
Familiarity Breeds Contempt: Divorce Rates Spike During the Holidays
Normally, divorce rates drop during the holidays, as couples try to tough them out. But 2020 was anything but normal.
Over the past four decades, we have conducted hundreds of martial surveillances. 97% of the time, we catch the subject we are following. A report and video(s) are provided to the client within 24 hours. This activity usually results in one spouse seeking out a family law attorney and filing for divorce.
SURVEILLANCE SERVICES ARE HIGHLY REQUESTED
One of the most consistent and typical events in our business is that the requests for surveillance and subsequent divorce filing stop on or about November 15 of any given year. This “quiet time” consistently continues through the first week of the new year. In my experience, I think most folks just want to get through Thanksgiving, the holidays and the New Year.
In 2020, this was different.
This year, many private investigators have conducted martial surveillances right through the Thanksgiving weekend. Clerks of the court and attorneys have acknowledged an actual rise in divorce filings over the past two weeks. There appears to be no slowing down in surveillance requests and/or divorce filings, as we are well into the first week of December, 2020.
There seems to be a general consensus among these professionals as to the cause of this new phenomenon. Unsurprisingly, this increase is laid at the feet of the pandemic.
The holiday season is known for almost non-existent divorce filings. To have those 40+ years of divorce patterns obliterated and even increased, tells me something else: The lockdown imposed by the virus has caused couples to be together a lot more than they desire.
The old saying of “familiarity breeds contempt” might just say it all. With no outlets of normal activities and social gatherings a mere memory, many people have just had enough of each other.
With the advent of the vaccine a few weeks away, we have counseled clients to try and “hold-on.” Most tell us there is no hope and they want to move on with their lives. They don’t really care if it is during Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Sometimes enough is enough.
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