The Pandemic has thrown up numerous different types of scenarios, which would never otherwise have happened.
Nowhere is this more relevant than in Divorce Law.
Since 2010 Divorce had been in decline in Scotland. In 2018/2019, however, the figures spiked with an increase of 7.5% on the previous year.
This was all well before the virus struck.
There are no statistics for what has happened during the last year, though on the one hand, it seems very likely that the number of couples that have been going through difficult times has increased.
On the other hand, these are times of great financial uncertainty and the courts have become backed up with cases taking far longer to complete. The chances are that there have been far fewer Divorces granted over the last year.
But that does not mean that people do not want to separate or divorce. It is more that there has been a lack of confidence about financial matters or that people have recognised that their children have been going through difficult times and they do not wish to add to their problems.
In short, the time has not been right.
The truth is, that in the near future, the floodgates might open as those who have held back decide that the time may have come.
In recent weeks and months, the news about Covid and its control has improved dramatically. The vaccination rollout has been a success. The latest Lockdown strategy seems to have worked and there is now a route map out of the chaos that promises the gradual lifting of restrictions.
The Chancellor is shortly to announce his budget and will detail the financial steps he is taking to help individuals and also recalibrate the economy.
The Courts, who were initially slow to cope with the crisis, have now accepted that many aspects of court actions can be dealt with online and the backlogs will start to diminish.
And perhaps most significantly Spring is in the air. Recently we have seen the sun and many people are feeling more optimistic and just want to get on with their lives.
So if you have desperately wanted to proceed with your Divorce action but were worried about the uncertainty, now might very well be a good time to get in touch.
At Rooney Family Law, you will find us approachable and empathetic. We will advise you of the best way to proceed with your divorce.
Importantly we can deal with almost all of your case online. We have become experienced at conducting client meetings online and actually, in many cases, it is easier and less time consuming to Zoom, Facetime, Skype or Google Chat.
Now might be the time.