Recently, we wrote about the seasonal increase in divorce applications that occurs in January and February and the subsequent increase in court proceedings during March. But the coronavirus outbreak has forced many people to stay at home with their spouse and children. This can lead to a lot of unwanted stress and a chaotic home life. That’s why so many people are asking the obvious question: Will divorce applications and court cases rise over summer if the outbreak dies down?
This question relies on conjecture more than anything else, but we can say one thing for sure: the typical case count for March was much lower this year. This is probably because many parents decided to hold off on ending their marriage during a potentially dangerous outbreak.
The question also supposes that the outbreak will likely die down or show signs of weakening during the summer months — which is very much still wishful thinking, mostly on the part of mainstream media and politicians. Some coronaviruses do show signs of seasonality, but that’s no reason to believe this one will. We still don’t know whether or not that’s the case.
If the virus does weaken over the next few months as the weather becomes warmer, our firm does indeed expect an increased caseload. But that’s mostly to make up for likely postponements, and not necessarily because we expect couples will end otherwise strong marriages because of a few bad months stuck in captivity.
What can you do to make life at home easier during self-isolation or even quarantine?
Routine will become your best friend if you let it. Be sure to get around eight hours of sleep every night. Don’t get too much more or too much less. Extremes can sap your energy! Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. Be sure to eat three square meals each day, and try to cook at least one of them.
Nutrition during these meals is especially important. Be sure to include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and plenty of protein in your diet. Fish, chicken, fruits and veggies are your best options. Take note that all of these can be frozen! Make sure you’re well stocked with dry foods like rice and oats, and canned goods as well. Keep pasta on your shelves. If you do need to stay home for two weeks, at least you’ll be well fed.
Make sure to get daily exercise and stay away from phones, TVs, and video games as much as possible. Try other activities like walking, reading, or listening to music. Make sure the kids are still allocating time to learn. Basically, make sure no one in your household is staying idle during this time of crisis — and you might avoid creating an even bigger one later.