How The Covid Pandemic Affects Divorces in Jamaica

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Lanre Coke

Covid Effects and Divorce in Jamaica West Indies

COVID-19 has affected yet another aspect of people’s personal lives – marriage. With couples
having more time spent at home, rates of conflicts and divorce are increasing as the year goes
on. In Jamaica alone, more married couples are starting to seek for divorce discussions.

Effects of the Pandemic on Today’s Married Couples

There are several reasons why the number of divorces is increasing in the country. One is that
there is more time spent at home which increases the likelihood for couples to get into
misunderstandings and conflicts. A simple conflict may arise from assigning who does the
laundry or who gets to take care of the baby when someone’s in a meeting. They may not seem
like big issues, but constant frictions like these can lead to big arguments.

The next thing to consider is that married couples now have time to express themselves to each other. While the
workload of doing the chores and taking care of the kids increased as everyone stays at home,
couples have more time now to talk to each other. Compare this to mismatched hours due to
traffic and meetings held outside. Couples today are able to eat together and even sleep
together.

The pandemic has also become a catalyst for couples to express their deep-seated grievances
with their partner. Most partners in Jamaica are almost at the “breaking point” because of too much time
spent with their other half. Unlike before, where couples can easily escape to work or to the
shopping centre, couples now are forced to talk to each other regarding their misunderstandings.

Lastly, married couples learn to discover a lot of things about their partner. It can be their traits,
behaviours, and character. While this can also be a good thing especially when couples
compromise and understand one another, it can also reveal disadvantages. For one thing, it
may make the other partner annoyed especially when the traits cannot be reconciled with
them.

The pandemic has brought about a lot of conflict between couples and sometimes, these
conflicts are only solved when both parties have finalized their divorce.

Divorce Procedures in Jamaica West Indies

Divorce will always be an available option for married couples in Jamaica. It doesn’t require that
both persons want to get a divorce. In fact, one party may already request a divorce agreement
so that all the due diligence can start. Once a party expresses their decision to get a divorce, the
parties and their attorneys may start their discussions.

The whole process formally starts when one party has filed a petition to dissolve the marriage.
It then goes through a discussion between parties and the application of their agreement.

There’s also another application to make everything absolute. However, it doesn’t end there.
Parties will have to discuss custody, maintenance, and substitute services.

Going through a divorce is difficult and most couples often result in more complicated
discussions when the actual applications start. However, the Jamaican laws allow divorce and
this has been a viable solution for both parties to be able to live better lives.

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