Preparing to divorce and then COVID-19 crisis hit?
Here are some tips on how to deal with “forced togetherness” during the quarantine, so your divorce can be peaceful once it’s lifted.
Maybe you made the decision to end your marriage prior to the Coronavirus crisis, but had not yet told your spouse – you wanted to prepare for divorce first so you could take steps to keep things as peaceful as possible.
Or maybe you and your husband or wife agreed to divorce and took preliminary steps to interview attorneys or mediators, but before you went ahead and hired a professional and started the divorce process, self-quarantine and shelter-in-place directives were imposed.
Then, in an instant, your divorce plans came to a screeching halt.
If you are now quarantined together in the same household, you are likely feeling trapped, stressed and overwhelmed. And that anxiety is only compounded by kids home from school, working from home, job and financial uncertainty and concerns about your health and the well-being of your loved ones.
The Dow has dropped, but divorce rates may spike as the coronavirus leads more couples into work-from-home solutions in close quarters that can lead to increased marital disputes.
With the news of companies moving to keep workers on voluntary quarantine — working from home where possible — and various state responses to the pandemic, couples already in a fractious relationship may now find themselves stuck at home together. Being stuck in close quarters is generally positive for most couples, but those who are already having relationship problems may find themselves pushed over the edge.
Have you ever suspected your partner of financial two-timing?
According to CreditCards.com’s latest financial infidelity poll, 44% of those surveyed are hiding a checking, savings or credit card account from their partner, have secret debt or are spending more than their partner would think was OK.