As people across the world have to live under lockdown to stem the coronavirus pandemic, prolonged isolation could cause many relationships to falter, according to experts on mental health and legal issues.

“A divorce pandemic may be around the corner,” Yudum Soylemez, a lecturer of psychology at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, told Anadolu Agency.

“Stressful situations” like living under quarantine can “highlight whatever is under the surface,” explained Soylemez, who is also a family and couples therapist.

“If the couple is deeply connected, they become even closer,” she said.

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