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How Can Coronavirus Quarantines Lead to Divorce in Michigan?

 Posted on March 20, 2020 in Divorce

How Can Coronavirus Quarantines Lead to Divorce in Michigan?Millions of people around the world have been impacted by the novel (new) coronavirus, either by being infected or being ordered to stay home. In the U.S., states such as Michigan have temporarily closed schools, restaurants, and non-essential businesses. Depending on the industry, this has also led to many layoffs and citizens seeking unemployment benefits. Families are being told to stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. Parents are working from home if they can and children are participating in e-learning programs through their schools. There is no doubt these are stressful times. With families sequestered for an indefinite amount of time, can this lead to divorce

The Pros and Cons of Social Distancing/Isolation 

Many American cities and states are being told to “shelter in place,” which means they are allowed to leave their homes only for essential activities, such as going to the grocery store, bank, and gas station. Health and government officials are advising everyone to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. Weddings, funerals, graduations, and sporting events have been canceled or postponed. People with elderly or sick family members who are in nursing homes or assisted living facilities are prohibited from visiting in an attempt to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases.  

Social distancing is defined as a series of actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease or infection. Thanks to modern technology, many people can take part in “virtual visits” through FaceTime on their iPhones or programs such as Skype on their computers. However, being quarantined and isolated at home can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger, and fear among family members. Too much togetherness can sometimes make or break a relationship. With the absence of other distractions, a couple may have time to reflect on troubles from their past or recent transgressions. A job loss can significantly impact a family financially, leading to resentment and bitterness. 

In times of reflection like these, some couples may come to the realization that their marriage is over. When deciding to divorce, there are many factors to consider, especially if children are involved. For example, a couple will have to resolve issues such as the division of assets and property, spousal support, child support, and parenting time. It is important to seek professional legal counsel to ensure your rights and the best interest of your children are protected.     

Contact a Novi, MI, Divorce Attorney

The outbreak of COVID-19 has already had a global impact. People all over the world have been ordered to self-quarantine in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The stress of losing your job can lead to the breakdown of your marriage. The seasoned legal team at Elkouri Heath, PLC, understands these are difficult times, and we are prepared to help you through this trying time in your life. Our Oakland County divorce lawyers will fight for your rights to marital property and spousal maintenance. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 248-244-9700. 




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