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Reflection on Relationships: Post-Pandemic

July 27, 2021 Family Law

As Scotland moves to the lowest level of restrictions since the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic on 11 March 2020, we begin to reflect on the long-term impacts lockdown has had, particularly on households and families. The day to day lives of couples has been immensely altered by the associated restrictions. Our relationships in pre-COVID times consisted of a balance of time together and time apart. Over the past year, many of us have worked and lived in close proximity to our partners, 24 hours a day, whilst also coping with home-schooling, money concerns and external stressors. Whilst some couples have flourished, enjoying the slower pace of life and the chance to spend more time together, the intense nature of this kind of living has created a ‘make or break environment’ and acted as catalyst for couples reaching a crisis point.

An unlocked research study carried out by Relate’s Families in the UK illustrated that almost half of couples (45%) reported lockdown had put a ‘real strain’ on their relationship. A quarter reported that worrying about the pandemic caused tension in their relationship and a similar proportion reported that money worries placed added pressure on their relationship. Concerningly, almost a third of couples reported that lockdown had a negative impact, worsening their already struggling relationships.

Separately, the most recent Scottish Government statistics reveal that since 2019, there has been increasing actions for divorce and with the impact of the pandemic expected to endure in the coming years ahead, this number will likely continue to rise.

As many begin to heal from the undeniable wounds inflicted on their lives, ‘relationship realisations’ are becoming more evident. If you believe your marriage has broken down irretrievably and there is no prospect of reconciliation, you may be considering a divorce.

For information and advice on any related matter, please contact our New Business Team by telephone on 0141 375 1222 or by completing our online contact form, to arrange an initial consultation with our specialist divorce solicitors.

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