Quarantine, lockdown, pandemic, COVID-19 these seem to be the words that everyone is mouthing these days. And why not, it’s impacting people’s lives in more than one way. There’s an increase not just in the pandemic spread, and job loss, but also in mental health issues. Besides, people in abusive relationships and marriages are stuck with their abusers with no place to go. This is one of the major causes of mental breakdown. Not to forget the stress of co-parenting post-divorce, the custody battle, etc.
Closer observation will point out that the stress of the pandemic alone is straining in healthy relationships. The increase in divorce is something we could draw a parallel to the era of baby boomers, where there was a sudden increase in childbirth post the war. However, now instead of an increase in baby birth, its an increase in divorces.
The pandemic is sure taking a toll on everyone’s life and changing the course of what we would consider “normal.” And relationships can only thrive if both the partners are supportive of each other during these tough times. However, it’s not just the common people who are suffering from relationship stress during this pandemic. Numerous celebrities have also joined this bandwagon and are bidding farewell to their happy marriages.
Why Are Divorces on a Rise?
Relationships experts and family counselors are suggesting that there’s a drop in the number of people approaching the court for divorce since the pandemic. However, they cite this as a result of courts being shut down. But they strongly believe that there’s going to be a spike in divorce cases soon after the lockdown ends. The reason they cite for this is basing on the increase in couples approaching online relationship counselors, lawyers, and relationship experts seeking advice on dealing with a troubled marriage during the lockdown.
According to experts, the reason for the increase in strained relationships is the uncertainty, stress, financial crisis, social distancing, fear of the pandemic spread, etc. Living under the same roof and seeing the same person for 24/7 and struggling with the fact that everything is suddenly uncertain is putting a strain on relationships. Jaime King and Kyle Newman, are the recent addition in the block of celebrities who are heading for a messy divorce during the pandemic.
Jaime King and Kyle Newman
The Barely Lethal director Kyle Newman walked down the aisle with actress and model Jamie King in the year 2007. After a twelve-year-long marriage and two children, the couple is now heading for a divorce. The couple currently share joint custody of their children Leo Thames Newman, James Knight Newman. While this arrangement is supposed to continue until courts resume operation post the lockdown, the couple seems to have reached an impasse.
Besides the divorce petition, Jaime had requested a change in custody of her children, citing abuse from her husband. However, the court had rejected her plea, and the couple will be jointly responsible for their children until the court does further judgment and documentation.
While Jaime got a restraining order against Kyle, Kyle has accused his spouse of being a chronic substance abuser. He also says she was cheating on him, which is the reason behind the divorce. Kyle, in a tell-all post, says that he has been struggling since the birth of his children he has been doing everything from managing the children to dealing with his spouse’s addiction. According to Kyle, Jaime also has eating disorders and mood swings. He also says that Jaime goes missing for days with no trace until she suddenly gets back home one day. He is seeking custody of the children because all this could be a bad influence on them.
However, Jaime, on the other hand, says that these are blatant accusations by Kyle. She calls it an attempt to get custody of their children and manipulate the legal system. Jaime also made accusations of domestic abuse and got a temporary restraining order against Kyle to protect herself and the children from abuse. She also accuses Kyle of being emotionally manipulative and a verbal abuser.
Well, it sure looks like one messy divorce battle. One could only hope that the couple resolves their difference. And in the case that it doesn’t happen, we hope they head for an amicable divorce.