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Could divorce be next big social change post-Covid?


First the Great Resignation, now the Great Separation? DIVORCE is the next big social change post-Covid

  • Research suggests their will be surge in relationship separations post lockdown 
  • The study found 40 per cent of 18-34-year-olds having strained relationships 
  • Previous research suggests there will be a ‘Great Resignation’ in early 2022  


The end of Covid lockdowns in Australia could cause a surge in the number of separations and divorces around the country as fed-up couples pack their bags, new research suggests. 

The study was conducted by Australian government backed online separation tool amica in October while lockdowns were still in place for NSW, Victoria and the ACT. 

A survey of more than 1,000 Australians married or in serious relationships found almost one in three couples were having lockdown troubles – with 21 per cent saying their relationship was strained and a further eight per cent saying they were considering separating. 

New research suggests thousands of Australian couple’s relationships were pushed to the brink during extended lockdowns (stock image) 

When looked at by age bracket, young couples fared worse off with 40 per cent of 18-34-year-olds having strained relationships compared to 28 per cent aged 35-44. 

States that endured the longest lockdown also seemed to have higher rates of relationships strain with NSW reporting 37 per cent and Victoria 32 per cent.

‘The last two years have been extremely challenging for all Australians, but more stressful for some people than others,’ amica project chief and National Legal Aid Director Gabrielle Canny said. 

She said the research indicates across the country there are thousands of couples who held their relationship together through lockdowns but now were preparing to break-up as restrictions lift. 

‘The best piece of advice I can give to couples who feel their relationship has run its course is to do your research and arm yourself with information, before you arm yourself with a lawyer.’ 

‘The good news from our research is that 22 per cent said heir relationship has improved over the course of the pandemic and 48 per cent said there was no impact on them.’ 

Sydney and Victoria endured months of lockdowns throughout 2020 and 2021 but as restrictions lift a survey suggests some couples could take the opportunity to moved on (file image)

Sydney and Victoria endured months of lockdowns throughout 2020 and 2021 but as restrictions lift a survey suggests some couples could take the opportunity to moved on (file image) 

The survey follows research indicating there would be a ‘Great Resignation’ early in 2022 as many workers re-evaluated their priorities over the course of lockdowns. 

Social researcher and demographer Mark McCrindle previously told Daily Mail Australia changing career paths was once the ‘biggest decision’ a person could make, but it seems far less daunting after the turmoil of the pandemic. 

‘People are reassessing how they live, where they live, how they commute to work and whether their job will impact this new way of life,’ Mr McCrindle said. 

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