It had already been a few years that this type of trend was being studied: fewer marriages and more divorces. The cause is probably also cultural, given that for many, marriage is losing the symbolic and religious value that a few decades ago was sacred. Often, however, the will to make a commitment also fails, to bind oneself in a promise that will then prevent one from being free. People cannot give up the freedom to change their minds and change their lives as they please. At the same time, communication becomes increasingly difficult for married couples, and the possibility of separating is equally accessible. In-depth psychological and sociological studies could be done in this regard, but in this article we will only see how the global Covid pandemic has accelerated this trend, creating a scenario of great uncertainty and difficulty in planning or planning a life as a couple and the foundation of a family. .
The boom of apps
Despite the restrictions, quarantines and the crisis, the desire to broaden one’s social circle and meet new people has always been increasing. A lot of dating apps have been used for the purpose of making extramarital encounters. Obviously, not many have been able to realize the knowledge with an exit and a physical contact, but certainly the desire and the need to escape have led to at least virtual relationships. Although many sites are only available from a computer, it is also easy to find dating applications that can be used discreetly from mobile phones, both for browsing user profiles and for chatting. Furthermore, in the last year the possibility has arisen to start calling and video calling the users with whom you come into contact. These technological possibilities have done nothing but accelerate the problems in couples already in crisis, however, by inserting elements external to the couple and often producing situations from which it is difficult to get out.
Weddings before and after
Marriages in Italy were already the lowest number in the European Union: in 2019 they were 3.1 marriages per thousand inhabitants. Subsequently, in 2020, 87,000 fewer marriages were celebrated, which equates to a decrease of 48%. The biggest drop was in church weddings, down 68%. Civil unions were less damaged, but still suffered from the situation with 29% fewer ceremonies performed. In addition to the logistical limitations that caused many couples to give up, the general climate also contributed to these drops. The uncertainty and fear that have spread have certainly led couples to lose the feeling of being able to build a future and a family in serenity. It is hoped that this trend will be reversed in the coming years, simultaneously with the disappearance of the virus.
Divorces before and after
As regards divorces on paper, a decrease in cases can be analyzed, but this is due only to the fact that the courts were unable to accept the causes and therefore complete them, at least until the time of the introduction of some telematic and remote processes . At the same time, the financial and economic crisis may have convinced many troubled couples to postpone or forgo the often costly solution of divorce. This led to a -15% divorce court cases in the year 2020. But the increase in the time families had to spend in close contact, and the difficulty and tension that the period produced in general, did not it has certainly been good for many couples in crisis. If you go and look at 2021, however, you are already having a high number of requests since spring, as indicated by the president of the family section of the Court of Rome, Marta Ienzi, who expects a further increase in the second half of the year.
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