11 Aug 2020

Covid-19: Separation enquiries up 25 pct - barrister

From Morning Report, 6:45 am on 11 August 2020

Lawyers say they're being inudated with separation enquiries as relationships buckle under the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Auckland barrister and mediator Jeremy Sutton is among lawyers predicting a spike in the total rate of divorces.

He says his enquries about splitting property, and child care arrangements, have gone up by a quarter, which is on par with most family lawyers he knows.

Sutton told RNZ reporter Katie Todd the pandemic has intensified existing issues in people's relationships.

He's seen a wide range of people seeking help.