COVID-19 has changed a lot for many people. Your family’s daily routine likely looks nothing like it used to, and these sudden changes can stress test even the strongest of marriages. Divorce rates have spiked since the pandemic set in, highlighting just how challenging it can be to navigate these issues.
Today, instead of focusing on divorce, for this post we want to offer tips that can help you and your spouse maintain a strong relationship even during these trying times. Remember, if you’re looking for tailored legal advice, you can always contact us directly at R & S Law Group, LLP to connect with one of our reputable divorce attorneys.
Try to Provide Structure to Your Days
As your previous sense of structure falls to the wayside, it’s important for you and your family to establish a new structure. It’s tempting to just crash in front of the TV and try to tune everything out, but this simply isn’t enough for most people to maintain their sanity.
Figure out activities that you and your spouse can do together, and make sure you’re including time to exercise as well. A solid schedule can go a long way towards helping you cope with what’s happening around the world.
Give Each Other Time to Adjust to Your New Normal
It’s not just our schedules that are changing. People’s entire outlook on the world and their very psychology can be affected by such major and traumatic events. Keep this in mind and practice patience and compassion with one another.
Create Boundaries You Can Stick To
Being around your spouse for long periods of time might not usually be a challenge, but shelter in place changes the equation a bit. As you are both now forced to share what is likely a small space for most of the time, you might find it difficult to navigate each other’s expectations, quirks, and more.
Create boundaries to help you respect each other and protect each other’s sanity. When having these discussions, be sure to remain positive and supportive. Don’t let the conversation turn combative!
Above All, Maintain Open Communication
More than anything, make sure you’re expressing all your thoughts and feelings honestly to your spouse. Bottled up emotions and thoughts lead to resentment and bitterness. A lack of communication can kill any marriage even under ideal circumstances, certainly more so during a global crisis.
Make Time to Consult with a Family Law Attorney
Keep these tips in mind as you and your loved ones continue to navigate what is proving to be a very difficult year. With that in mind, if things go south, remember that you’re not alone.
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