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How to Survive Marriage During a Pandemic

August 17, 2020

Coronavirus restrictions have begun to ease across the country, but the effects of the pandemic are still evident in many aspects of daily life, and the new normal that the virus necessitated has left cracks in many relationships. For this reason, it is expected that there will be a spike in divorce numbers in the months to come.

If your marriage has been under stress during the pandemic, but you want to avoid divorce, here are some things you can do:

Prioritize communication

Effective communication is vital to the health of any marriage, even more so in times of crisis. If you have found that you and your spouse are not connecting the way you once did, you may need to make a concerted effort to communicate. One way you can improve communication with your spouse during this time is by scheduling daily check-ins to see how each of you is coping. Also, when there is a disagreement, avoid discussing the matter when emotions are high as it is then more likely you will say things you later regret. When talking about household duties, focus on what needs to be done and who is responsible for doing those tasks and avoid complaining about what your spouse does or does not do.

Give yourself some space

Since many Canadians have lost their jobs and others are working from home, lots of couples have found themselves spending much more time together than they did before. However, it is still essential for each spouse to have some time alone. Even if you live in a small apartment, find a corner in your home where you can be by yourself to relax and read a book or do something else you enjoy. Even if you do not require much alone time, recognize that your spouse might, and give them the space they need.

Reminisce on the good times

When your marriage is failing, it might be helpful to reflect on the good times and remember why you fell in love in the first place. Looking back to a more joyful time may give you the foundation you need to rebuild your broken marriage.

Seek therapy

While a willingness to work on the issues is the first step to fixing a failing marriage during pandemic, you must also recognize when you need help. You may want to consider seeing a marriage counsellor if:

  • you and your spouse are not speaking
  • whenever you speak, the conversation is toxic
  • you argue about the same minor issues constantly
  • there is a lack of physical or emotional intimacy

Marriage counselling can help you and your partner to recognize and resolve conflicts and ensure you both feel heard and understood by working to improve communication. Through marriage counselling, you can also reinforce your emotional bond and increase cooperation.

When is it time to consult a divorce lawyer?

If you believe your marriage is beyond saving, and you want to file for divorce, you should consult a divorce lawyer.

If you are searching for a divorce lawyer in Toronto, contact us at Baker and Baker Family Law. At Baker and Baker Family Law, we understand that divorce is a stressful process and that it can be difficult to separate emotions from practical realities. That is why our Toronto divorce lawyers are here to guide you through your legal matters as efficiently and effectively as possible, and why we use our experience and skills to find you solutions that will save you time, money and a great deal of trouble.

Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Toronto divorce lawyers. Let us help you finalize your divorce.

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