Divorce During COVID-19 Lockdown: A Muslim Woman’s True Story

Late night kisses on the forehead, picnics in the park, and lavish trips around the world, were now distant memories for Sarah. Her heart felt like it was in her stomach. She couldn’t stop its pounding or aching, even if she wanted to.

Her grief was unreal and the reality she once lived was completely turned upside down, as a result of her unexpected divorce.

When COVID-19 hit American communities, nobody truly knew what to expect or how their lives would be different.

The word “quarantine” was introduced into our world and has now become an ever looming part of our current reality.

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According to Psychology Today, “there is much to consider when we think about how this global pandemic is sending shock waves across our dining tables, into our bedrooms, and into our intimate lives. We can feel it in terms of presence and in terms of absence.”  

“During the course of our marriage, we’ve had issues with communication and finances but we have always been able to make it through. However, quarantine didn’t allow us to avoid our issues. We were with each other every day and the issues we had prior became loud and amplified,” Sarah V. told AboutIslam.net.

Quarantine Stress

Many couples are suffering from relationship stress because of job losses, which is trickling down to a lack of communication.

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Attorneys across this country are being inundated with phone calls and requests to assist individuals with divorces during the pandemic. However, counselors and psychologists urge individuals to not make any major life changes during this time. 

Sarah’s husband immediately moved out of their shared household immediately after divorce. According to Sarah, this change happened abruptly and without much warning. She immediately found herself alone, isolated, and caring for two children on her own.

The most difficult part of this process for Sarah is navigating her own heartbreak, while maintaining a strong face in-front of her children. 

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About Sabria Mills
Sabria Mills is the Co-founder and Executive Director of MACE - Muslims Advocates of Children with Exceptionalities. She is an Educational Leader and Social Advocate, who partners with educators, community leaders, and activists to advocate for inclusive spaces for people of all abilities. After spending nearly a decade working in education and addressing the needs of non-profit organizations, Sabria knows what truly drives social reform, equality, and education—and it’s not mastering the social advocacy flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.