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Divorce Filings Are Skyrocketing Amid Coronavirus Quarantines And Financial Uncertainty

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By Clark Sparky

One of the side effects of people being forced to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic seems to be a growing number of divorce inquires. Couples who are used to spending much of their day out apart at their jobs are now stuck together all day, which is causing a strain on some relationships.

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Page Six spoke to some experts about the phenomenon, including New York City-based attorney William D. Zabel.

"We've had an increased amount of calls in the past week from people seeking representation for divorce proceedings, a 50 percent increase, and I have been hearing the same from my colleagues at other firms," he said. "People who have enjoyed busy lives suddenly find themselves confined together, at a time of incredible anxiety."

He added that the economic downturn could play a role, as well.

"If wealthy people are looking for a rationale for divorce, an economic downturn is often a motivation," he said. "The net worth of the moneyed spouse is lower, and therefore a settlement could be lower. I anticipate there will be a number of high-profile divorce cases in the coming months."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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