The Speaker
Friday, 12 April 2024 – 13:07

How Coronavirus Has Changed the Face of Relationships

Although a large portion of the news lately has been on non-essential retailers reopening, something that’s been affecting many people throughout the lockdown is the relationship they have with their spouse/potential spouses.

When the pandemic began, clear rules were laid out – including that you could then only socialise with those in your household. This put an immense amount of pressure on all types of couples – from those who have just got together, to those who have been together for many years. For the latter, being with your partner 24/7 may have resulted in arguments and tense conversations at times. 

This may have led some to consider separation or even divorce. If you’re thinking that this is the right direction for you, due to the pandemic, the process isn’t the same way that it used to be. Of course, not everyone has these feelings – and it may have led to many feeling a stronger connection with them.  


How it’s Affected Divorce Proceedings

Although you can still, of course, contact a divorce lawyer and discuss the situation, you won’t be able to appear physically in court due to social distancing. 

However, thanks to Zoom and other video conferencing technology, divorce proceedings have successfully been carried out virtually throughout this time. Because divorce proceedings are still taking place, you’ll still be able to use a deed poll if you want to change your name.

Despite this, there have been significant delays in being able to go through the proceedings. Cases involving domestic violence or child protection are put as high priority. 


Seeking Professional Guidance

If your relationship has been put on edge as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there are ways that you can get help. From expert counsellors to online resources and mental health support, there is now an abundance of guidance out there to assist you – no matter how you’re feeling about your relationship. Talking with others over the phone or on virtual chat, you can talk through your emotions that you’ve had throughout the lockdown and get advice.


What it’s Done to The Dating Game 

Those who are single throughout the pandemic have also noticed a difference. Although they can use dating apps, people aren’t legally allowed to meet up – apart from in a ‘social bubble’. 

Because of this, it’s currently harder to form relationships physically with another person. However, this might be a blessing in disguise for some who it will give longer to get to know people and connect with them more deeply – even if it’s just virtually for the meantime. Some dating apps have launched video features to allow prospective couples to have a ‘virtual date’.


A factor of this new reality, that’s unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before, seems to be that relationships will change. Whether this is for the better or worse, only time will tell. However, it’s still important to remember that everyone is in the same boat and it’s good to deal with these issues as they arise.

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