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The pandemic has taken a toll on almost all aspects of life, including relationships. Couples have had to navigate these unprecedented times together for better or for worse. As reported earlier this week divorces in the Austin area are down, whether that be for logistical or financial reasons. So we asked our readers, "How has the pandemic affected your marriage or primary relationship?" The majority say, it's "stronger than ever."


About 87% of readers voted that their relationship is blossoming in the midst of the tough times. Responses from readers were very similar stating that all the time spent with their partners has created a better bond with them.

"We had a big fight at the end of the first month of lockdown that lead us to believe divorce was the only way. But the more the pandemic continues, the more we ponder our priorities. We have renewed our commitment to each other and to our children as a result."

About 11% of readers voted their relationship was "Iffy, but we'll make it" stating it's too much time with their partners that it's frustrating.

"Too much together time, not agreeing on how the kids should be spending their time."

Lastly, only one person voted "Heading into divorce court at our earliest opportunity," with no comment on it.


Want to participate in future polls? Weekly polls are only available to Austonia's newsletter subscribers. Sign up below, before the next poll on Tuesday.


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