‘It’s Going To Be Very, Very Busy’ Says One Attorney
Months of sitting home with nowhere to go and no separation has driven a wedge in relationships to the point where the divorce rate in America is expected to skyrocket this late summer due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
So much so that one divorce attorney told the LA Business Journal “it’s going to be very, very busy” for people in his profession in the coming months.
“I truly believe that the divorce business, it’s sad to say, is going to be very, very busy,” Stacy Phillips, who heads the 11-attorney Los Angeles family law practice of Blank Rome, “told the publication.
This, of course, is about as surprising as Donald Trump posting his opinion about a topic on Twitter. Once-loving couples have found it difficult to spend so much time around each other without a break, such as one or both of them going off to work or even the wives gathering with her girlfriends for ladies night out or the husband going out to have a few drinks with the boys.
“There will be a giant bump (in divorce filings), probably in July and August,” Thomas Trent Lewis, a former supervising judge for Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Family Law Division, told the Business Journal.
A lot of the courts have been closed and there is a backlog of cases, which is why attorneys are expecting a spike in filings to take place in the summer when the courts are able to handle them again.. For a lot of married people, the heat is on, and they want out of the fire as soon as possible.
All couples – married or not – have been under stress due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdowns and #stayhome orders. After all, there’s only so much Netflix they can watch together.