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  • Aug 29th, 2023

    The 5 Common Contributors to Divorce


    The most common reasons people file for divorce in 2023

    If you find your marriage is declining, you’re not alone. There are numerous reasons why couples choose to get divorced, and while sometimes it’s possible to save the marriage, other times divorce is the best resolution for everyone involved. Here are 5 common contributors to divorce and how to get the legal help you need if you are considering divorce or are involved in one.

    As divorce attorneys in Missouri, we know there are seemingly an infinite number of reasons someone may choose to get a divorce. In many cases, there are many factors that lead to the dissolution of marriage. Over the years, we have found that there are certain issues that frequently lead to a couple getting divorced.

    Additionally, we have looked for studies and data to strengthen our opinions to provide a more thorough overview of the most common reasons people file for divorce. One of the studies we found to have the most trustworthy data was done by the National Library of Medicine.

    1. Commitment to marriage/relationship

    The most common cause of divorce among couples in the United States involves a lack of commitment. One or both parties feel that either they or their spouse is not committed enough to their marriage and relationship. In most cases, some form of commitment issues are involved, whether that is a commitment to making their spouse happy, a commitment to fixing a problem, or a commitment to their spouse in general.

    2. Money or financial stress

    Money problems are likely one of the most frequently seen causes of or contributors to divorce. Whether it’s disagreements about how one partner is spending money, or just plain struggling financially, many people find that money is a root cause of trouble in their marriage.

    Money problems are a leading cause of marital discord. From overspending to disagreements about financial priorities, financial stress can push a marriage to its breaking point. A recent study found that over 70% of people in the United States have some form of money-related stress. When that stress is brought into a relationship, it can cause untold damage.

    3. Infidelity

    When one partner cheats on the other, it can be a difficult thing to forgive and move beyond. Many couples divorce over infidelity, especially when the infidelity was planned, continued, or hidden and the cheating spouse lied. Infidelity can shatter the foundation of trust in a marriage. The emotional toll of betrayal often leads couples down the path of divorce as they struggle to rebuild what was lost.

    Many of the most common reasons people divorce can take time to culminate into divorce, but infidelity is one that, oftentimes, leads to an immediate reaction.

    4. Issues with Anger or Abuse

    Anger can come in many forms. For most, it is simply being unable to control emotions or express themselves in a calm manner.  When one or both partners have trouble controlling their anger, it can lead to explosive arguments and long-lasting resentment. Over time, this can deteriorate the foundation of a marriage.

    In other cases, this anger can lead to violence. Domestic violence is a severe and dangerous issue. When one spouse abuses the other, whether it be physically or emotionally, divorce is often the only viable option to escape an abusive relationship.

    5. Failure to Communicate or Lack of Intimacy

    Communication is essential in a marriage, but it’s not necessarily what comes naturally. Good communication takes work and constant vigilance. When couples fail to communicate with each other, they can begin to feel as though they are on separate planets and eventually, divorce seems like the better option.

    Feeling connected comes in more ways than just verbally. Intimacy is an important part of a marriage. Intimacy is not solely physical; emotional and psychological intimacy are equally important. When a couple’s connection wanes in any of these areas, it can lead to dissatisfaction and, ultimately, divorce.

    There are many things that can lead to a spouse feeling a lack of intimacy and studies suggest it is a factor in over 30% of divorces.

    Get help from a divorce attorney in St. Louis

    While divorce is always something to take seriously, often, parting ways is healthier for both spouses and provides each one with the opportunity to start again. If you’re considering getting a divorce or you are involved in the divorce process, don’t wait until you are overwhelmed before you reach out to an experienced divorce lawyer.

    Divorce is a complex and emotionally challenging process often triggered by a combination of factors. Recognizing these common reasons can help couples address issues early and potentially save their marriage. However, in situations where divorce is the only viable solution, seeking professional guidance and support is crucial for navigating this life-changing event.

    At the Haefner Law Office, LLC, we have the experience and resources to compassionately guide you through your divorce proceedings, and we’ll advocate for your rights and best interests every step of the way. Call us today for a consultation to discuss your unique needs at (314) 200-6101.

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