Will Hurricane Irma Cause Your Divorce?

Sep 19, 2017 by fladivorcelaw Category: Divorce 0 comments

Hurricane IrmaIf your marriage is already on shaky ground, a natural disaster such as a tornado, earthquake, and, yes, Hurricane Irma, can lead to divorce.

Some stressful situations tend to bring people closer together, such as man-made disasters like acts of terrorism. Natural disasters have the opposite effect, sometimes even doubling the divorce rate.

Disaster and Divorce Statistics:

  • After 9/11, the number of couples in New York filing for divorce declined by 32 percent
  • Following the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995, the seven counties surrounding the area also saw a decrease in divorce rates
  • The marriage rate in South Caroline from Hurricane Hugo in 1989 increased slightly by 0.7 per 1,000 people in 1990 before resuming it pre-storm decline
  • Following Hurricane Katrina, the divorce rate in Orleans Parish skyrocketed from 2.3 per 1,000 people to 4.4.
  • Closer to home, following Hurricane Andrew, Dade County experienced a 30 percent spike in divorce rates.


Why Do Natural Disasters Increase the Divorce Rate?

In a man-made act, you have no warning and people tend to come together quickly to get through a stressful situation.

That is not the case in a situation such as Hurricane Irma, where you had days, and, in some instances, a week to prepare. This is where the difference in attitudes and personal coping styles can tear apart a marriage.

If one person does not act in what the other views a timely fashion, such as putting up shutters, buying supplies, making decisions, the other party could become upset, angry, and even shut-down. If a loss occurs following the storm, especially if it was due to one party’s negligence, that may be an insurmountable situation to overcome.

Stress, anxiety, and loss can lead to depression, abuse, violence, and any number of unpleasant emotions and actions.

If post-storm stress has you thinking about divorce, or if you are looking for the easiest, quickest, and most inexpensive way to get a divorce, then Florida Divorce Law’s Basic Divorce package is what you need.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with an attorney before making a decision, please contact us by completing the contact form or calling us at (954) 344-7737 to speak with a member of our legal team.


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