The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of life, including spousal relationships. A spike in the divorce rate in China, Europe, and other places that have endured long periods of isolation could be a warning of what’s to come in the US.
Until the health crisis forced people to stay at home – creating problems among couples – divorce statistics were somewhat positive. Though fewer people were getting married, even fewer were getting divorced, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2008, the marriage rate was 17.9 per 1,000 women; a decade later the figure was 16.6 per 1,000 women. The decrease in divorce rates was even greater. It went from 10.5 per 1,000 women in 2008 to 7.7 per 1,000 women in 2018.
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