If you felt like 2020 was a stressful year, you were certainly not alone. In fact, it’s one reason that couples have cited for the increasing divorce rate worldwide. Even those spouses who felt stable for years before felt the impact of this stress and decided that maybe it was time for something new.
We have long known that stress leads to divorce, but it was often exterior stress. For instance, someone who worked 80 hours per week may have ended up getting a divorce because that type of schedule takes a toll on a relationship. Conversely, a couple where one was without a job may have felt a lot of financial stress not being able to make ends meet and decided to break up for that reason.
In 2020, the stress came from different sources and from the fact that couples often had to spend far more 1-on-1 time than they were used to, but the impact was the same. A lot of them decided that the only way forward was to get a divorce.
What will your divorce entail?
If you are thinking of getting a divorce in 2021, there are many factors to think through. If you have children, your main focus is going to be on their welfare, both custody and child support issues. If you’re a business owner, you’ll need to protect your company and its assets. If you have vastly different personal finances from your spouse or you jointly own a variety of assets, the division of your separate and mutual property can get complicated.
You don’t have to face the divorce process alone. Learn about your options before filing.