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What Are the Most Common Reasons for Divorce?

property-divisionIt is well-known that divorce is extremely common in today’s society. The phrase “50% of marriages end in divorce” can make many people hesitant to say “I do”. For a period of time, divorce rates were on the rise. However, CDC data comparing divorce rates from 2000 to 2017 reveal that the divorce and annulment rate has reduced from 4.0 per 1,000 people in 2000 to 2.9 per 1,000 people by 2017. One of the best ways to keep this trend on the decline is to be aware of the common causes of divorce and avoid these triggers.

Financial Difficulties

Feeling financially unstable can add stress to a relationship and cause unrest, making it difficult to “enjoy the little things”. Couples that struggle with finances can struggle to think of anything other than the impending bills. This is often more common with younger couples struggling to get by on small paychecks. Ensuring financial stability is impossible for any couple, but remaining conscious of what is coming in and how much is going out can be beneficial for your stress-level and your relationship.

Unrealistic Expectations

Believe it or not, many people go into marriages unprepared for the reality of it. Couples can get caught up in the excitement of the relationship without thinking of what marriage really entails. Expecting a married relationship to be just like your dating one is unrealistic and can leave people in hot water. Relationships are bound to evolve as time goes on, but being unprepared for these changes is one of the many reasons that people sign divorce papers.

The Importance of Equality

Feeling equal to your partner is an important aspect of any relationship – married or not. The pressure of equality can be especially precarious for heterosexual couples. In the modern world, most people search for a relationship in which each member is considered equal, regardless of their gender. Though each partner may start out on an equal playing field, this can sometimes fade out once the comfort of marriage sets in.

Lack of Intimacy

One of the most common complaints by divorcing couples is a lack of intimacy, both physical and emotional. A lack of physical intimacy can make your romantic relationship feel like a friendship. Emotional intimacy is just as important. Consistently giving your partner the cold shoulder can make small arguments turn into larger issues. Maintaining a healthy level of intimacy is important for every couple looking to keep their vows.

Call a DuPage County Divorce Attorney Today

For some couples, these issues are inevitable and for others, there may be other underlying issues causing their unhappiness. Regardless of the reason, divorce is an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved and it can be difficult to remain neutral during the legal proceedings. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, we work closely with all of our clients to prioritize their needs while taking the legal stress off of their shoulders. If you are considering divorce, contact our Elmhurst divorce attorneys at 630-364-4046 for a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.marriage.com/advice/divorce/10-most-common-reasons-for-divorce/

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/national-marriage-divorce-rates-00-17.pdf

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