To many, the marriage landscape in America looks grim. Depending upon the source you use, some estimate that half of all marriages end in divorce while others believe the divorce rate is falling across the nation. Regardless, it is a fact that too many marriages fail in the U.S.
People get a divorce for many reasons, some of them unique to the couple and to the relationship. Still, a pattern does exist that helps identify the main causes of divorce in the nation and in Texas. Some of these reasons are listed below.
- Financial problems: Whether it is constant disagreements about how to spend money or simply not having enough of it, money can drive a life-changing wedge between spouses.
- Cheating: Betrayal of any kind is difficult to overcome and can wreak havoc on a relationship. Cheating physically and emotionally is a major reason couples turn to divorce.
- Difficult life events: When something terrible happens to a family such as the death of a child or a serious illness, the consequences often reach deep. Sometimes a family will come together stronger than ever in the face of tragedy while other times, the event breaks a relationship apart.
- Addiction: Drugs, alcohol, gambling and sex: These addictions and many others take a heavy toll on marriage. For many, the only solution ends up being divorce.
- Incompatibility: This may seem like a petty reason, but it makes sense when you look at it realistically. For example, when one spouse desperately wants to have children but the other is dead set against kids, the marriage may be headed for divorce.
If you believe your own marriage is in trouble, consider speaking with a lawyer. While divorce is certainly an option, an experienced family law attorney may be able to provide you with other solutions.
Source: Today, “6 major reasons why people divorce,” Bela Gandhi, Oct. 25, 2017