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Separation advice soars during lockdown | The Sydney Morning Herald

Mediator and Barrister Jack Whelan spoke with The Sydney Morning Herald about the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on relationships.

Statistics from our online interactive guide to separation show a 314% increase in couples thinking about separating during lockdown.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The number of couples seeking separation advice has spiked as lockdown is wound back, with almost half of surveyed Australians experiencing negative change to their relationship during isolation.

Relationships Australia reported 42% of respondents to a May survey said isolation had negatively impacted their partner relationship, and a national mediation service said numbers of people thinking about separating were up more than 300%.

‘My sense is that there has been a lot of reflection and a lot of discussion during isolation,’ says Whelan on the massive spike we’re now seeing for Mediation.

Read the full article on The Sydney Morning Herald.


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