The coronavirus outbreak is “very likely” to lead to a rise in divorce rates because couples are being kept in self-isolation together, a leading divorce lawyer has said.
Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia told peers at Westminster: “The prediction amongst divorce lawyers is that following self-imposed confinement it is very likely that the divorce rate will rise.
“Our peak times are after long exposure during the summer holidays and over Christmas.
“One only has to imagine what it’s going to be like when families are sealed in a property for a long period of time.”
Advice from the government states if one person in a household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there should stay at home for 14 days.
Lady Shackleton, whose previous clients include Sir Paul McCartney, the Prince of Wales, Madonna and Liam Gallagher, made her comments in the House of Lords during the second reading of the Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill.