“For some couples, the balance depends on the fact that they don’t meet often or they can see their lovers,” said Annamaria Bernardini in Pace, a divorce lawyer.
Since the lockdown began on March 9, he has taken 12 new divorce proceedings.
Job loss and worries about money have exacerbated tensions between many couples.
The increase in partner separation is not surprising for lawyers – most continue to work during locking, communicating with clients via Whatsapp, Skype and other platforms.
“It’s still too early to give exact numbers, but we have seen a double demand for separation,” said Valentina Ruggiero, a family lawyer.
“Given the enormous emotional pressure from the lockdown, my suggestion is for couples to evaluate whether it’s a passing crisis or whether the relationship is really at the end of the line.”
Lawyers likened the explosion in separation to the period after Christmas and summer vacation, when the divorce process traditionally surged.
“I know it will end like this because for weeks I have been consulting on the telephone and social media,” Gian Ettore Gassani, president of the Italian Divorce Lawyers Association, told Corriere della Sera newspaper.
With the court closed during confinement, the judge has allowed several divorce proceedings to be heard through video conferencing.
This option is available for couples who have mostly agreed to their divorce terms, including child custody and asset sharing.
When Italy emerged from its cruel locking regime, there were other unexpected consequences – including a sharp rise in prices.
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