Divorce applications plummet during lockdown

One effect of the Government social distancing lockdown is the crash in new divorce cases according to a leading online divorce service.

There has been a 30% drop in new cases since Boris Johnson announced the first measures on Thursday 19th March.

Calls, live chat and email enquiries have dropped by a similar amount.

The data is backed up by Google Trends which measures search queries on the search engine over time and we can see this in their numbers for keywords used by divorcing couples from 14th March.
• Divorce
• Divorce Online
• Online divorce
• Decree Absolute
• Divorce Papers

Divorce-Online the company behind the research had seen a big increase in divorce filings for the first 2 months of the year and into March, but that has evaporated as people struggle to understand how they are going to survive financially.

Mark Keenan Managing Director said: “ This is the biggest drop in divorces since December 2018 in what is usually one of the busiest months for divorce filings”.

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