When the pandemic first hit, some lawyers were already predicting a rise in divorce rates. 24-7 — even with people we love, can be challenging. So they are not surprised to be seeing their predictions come true. Divorce rates in some areas are up by about 25 percent. Why? Marriages and other partnerships are under great stress with isolation, a lack of support, precarious employment, uncertain futures, a collective grief and anxiety. That stress is then compounded by pre-existing problems regarding communication and intimacy or parenting differences — problems that could be avoided or just not adequately addressed before the pandemic when we kept ourselves very very busy. Are you worried about the state of your relationship and your ability to cope as a team during this second wave of COVID? Reach out. Help is available.