Like all Californians, you have had to adjust to a new way of life in recent months. To comply with Governor Newsom’s lockdown order, you are probably spending a great deal of time in your home with your spouse. Even if your marriage was not already rocky, the lockdown may increase your chances of going through a divorce.

The Chinese government was the first to impose a lockdown on some of its citizens. Interestingly, divorce rates in China have spiked recently. While marriages end for a variety of reasons, lockdown protocols may serve as a catalyst. Here are some reasons the lockdown may lead to a surge in divorce filings:

Many opportunities to argue

If the old saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder is true, too much time spent together may be disastrous for your marriage. Specifically, you may have many more opportunities to argue now than you did in your pre-lockdown marriage. If you constantly bicker with your spouse, you may eventually recognize that the two of you are incompatible.

Some time to think

Choosing to end a marriage is not a decision many take lightly. If you ordinarily have a busy lifestyle, you may not have had enough time to think about your marriage. The lockdown likely gives you hours to weigh the pros and cons of divorce. Fortunately, even if your spouse decides he or she does not want a divorce, you have some options.

New money troubles

You or your spouse may have lost your job during the lockdown. You may also have decreased income from other sources. Either way, you must recognize that money troubles are often disastrous for married couples. In fact, divorcing spouses commonly blame financial woes more than anything else for the breakdowns of their marriages.

Even if you thought you would be with your spouse forever, there is usually little sense in staying in an unhappy union. If the recent lockdown has exposed cracks in your marriage, you may face the difficult choice of divorcing your spouse. Understanding that you are not alone, though, may make the end of your marriage easier to handle.