Divorce Online has picked up a sad but possibly unsurprising statistic that has come out of lockdown, namely a really significant rise in the citing of alcohol consumption in divorce petitions. Whilst the mention of addiction is nothing new in the list of 'unreasonable behaviours' we tend to see on a regular basis, it seems that drinking and alcohol abuse shot up more than any other reason between March and September this year.

Impossible of course to know which came first: the pandemic, the drinking or the strained marriage, but what's clear is that even the happiest of couples have come under some strain from the events of this year. 

Happily, the predicted stampede of divorces has failed to materialise but anecdotally I hear that online marriage counsellors have never been busier. With the forecast of massive job losses as furlough ends today, not to mention the threatened second full lockdown being announced on Monday, I fear that my family law colleagues and I may be getting busier over the coming months.