Licensed marriage and family therapist Nicole Arzt stated that since “many couples are spending more time together than ever before, and with no external distractions, like being able to stay late at work, or go to the gym to blow off steam, arguments have been explosive.

One law firm reported that “being in close quarters creates additional stress and pointed out that couples may be working from home while caring for young children, worries about keeping their jobs, and afraid that family members or friends will contract the virus.

Lecturer of psychology Yudum Soylemez from Istanbul’s Bilgi University told Anadolu Agency “a divorce pandemic may be around the corner”.

She continued by stating. “if the couple is deeply connected, they become even closer, however, if they have distanced from each other, lost their love and attraction towards each other, or they have unresolved issues from the past that create conflict, they may grow even more frustrated with each other.”

In China some cities have reported a significant rise in divorce applications, now that more people are leaving their homes after months of quarantine. The capital of Shaanxi Province, Xi’an, was flooded with divorce requests last month.

Psychologists who were interviewed about the coronavirus and divorce trends made it clear that every couple is different, and that the outcome of this period of social distancing will have a lot to do with how a couple was doing to begin with.

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