Attorneys: Divorce rates expected to rise amid pandemic

Law officials anticipate an uptick in divorces after the pandemic ends.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2020, 7:06 PM

Updated 1,496 days ago

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Law officials anticipate an uptick in divorces after the pandemic ends.
Mandatory social distancing is leading to isolation and putting a strain on some marriages.
Rye Brook divorce attorney Douglas Martino says he and his colleagues are anticipating a surge in divorces once the state lifts the PAUSE order.
“I've had some inquiries over the last several weeks from people looking for divorces,” says Martino. "I certainly believe that after this period of time is over, we are going to have an influx of cases."
However, local psychotherapist Jamie Karia highlighted tips on how to ensure unions aren’t a casualty of the pandemic. Tips include communicating more, establishing a routine and even setting aside a date night in to cook or do karaoke.
“…Create your schedule together, something that you guys really can feel comfortable and have compromise and that can be a really good practice," says Karia.
She also mentions recognizing your tone of voice as a prompt, saying in part, “…I think avoiding aggressive tones, trying to be as loving in your tone as possible."
Consistently being home with your spouse may present new and difficult challenges due to a lack of space. 
Those wishing to seek professional help can contact the free New York state mental health hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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