July 29, 2021

Towards a “divorce boom” after the crisis? Many couples are considering breaking up

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Confinements and curfews have upset the stability of French couples, according to an Ifop study conducted among 3,000 people. Carried out for the marriage preparation site YesWeBloom.com, the study reveals that “behind the relative stability of the marital situation of the French, a certain wait-and-see attitude could augur a notable increase in disunity when the crisis is over”.

And in fact, people with a good perception of their physical and aesthetic capital would be led to return to the celibacy market. According to Ifop, nearly 30% of men and women who find themselves beautiful want to break up with their partner once the health crisis has passed.

“The ability to seduce other potential partners is a determining criterion in the desire to return to the matrimonial or sexual market”, notes Ifop. But why “once the health crisis has passed”?

Breaking up, a privilege for some

The rupture dawdles in the minds of the French, because it implies, once the decision is made, a change of life. Sometimes radical. Lower standard of living, search for new accommodation, joint custody of children… Some do not allow themselves to do so.

“The lack of action is symptomatic of a certain wait-and-see attitude, after all classic in times of crisis (eg war, economic crisis), which is undoubtedly due to the fear of loneliness – especially in difficult conditions. isolation and meeting imposed by the Covid-19 – but also for practical reasons (eg housing, school for children …) and financial: a separation, whether it is a divorce, a breakdown of Pacs or a breakdown of a free union, generally resulting in a drop in the standard of living for ex-spouses ”, analyzes François Kraus, director of the“ Gender, sexualities and sexual health ”pole of Ifop.

A profile particularly affected by confinement

Most likely to end their relationship? Those whose relationships have been strongly affected by the confinements, and more specifically young men under 30, inhabitants of large cities and with modest incomes. The rupture, this privilege of class and gender.

Soon a “divorce boom”?

“A number of break-ups or divorces seem to be postponed until after the health crisis”, indicates Ifop, because 12% of people in a couple wish to distance themselves from their partner at the end of the crisis, including 4% so definitive. A risk of rupture which would concern “at least a million couples”.

“If it turns out to be risky to predict a ‘divorce boom’ at the immediate end of the crisis, it is likely that we will then witness a significant increase in disunity when the health and economic context will make marital breakdown easier. », Concludes François Kraus.