We are all familiar with the frequently cited statistic that nearly ½ of all marriages end in divorce. While this is only an approximation, it does convey an important fact – there are a lot of divorces in our country. Every divorce is different, but many of the reasons behind a divorce may be similar. Here are five of the most common causes of divorce in the US:
1. High Conflict: One of the very most common reasons for divorce that individuals cite is too much arguing and/or high conflict between spouses. This conflict can come in many forms, but it can be extremely unhealthy for the couple (and the children in the family) and many couples decide that it is better for all to separate and eventually divorce.
2. Infidelity: When one spouse breaks their wedding vow and engages in an extramarital affair, the trust between the couple is damaged. Some couples can recover from this, heal and build their relationship back, but for other couples, this signals the end of the marriage.
3. Financial Problems: Financial problems or a difference in how family finances are tackled are another common cause of a failed marriage. Financial difficulties can cause resentment about spending and saving habits as well as differences in income levels. In addition, if one spouse controls all of the financial decisions, this can signal a problem with control and/or trust.
4. Lack of intimacy: Differences in expectations regarding intimacy and emotional connection can cause major relationship problems. When physical affection and emotional investment decreases, it can signal a big change in a marriage.
5. Communication: Communicating clearly and in a loving way can be difficult under times of stress. However, if communication with your spouse is strained all the time, you may find it difficult to connect, which many couples state is a primary reason for divorce.
Minnesota Divorce Mediation Services
If you have decided to divorce or are thinking that it might be the best next step for your family, consider using divorce mediation as a tool to settle issues like division of your joint property, developing a fair and equitable parenting agreement that outlines how your kids will divide their time with each of you. You can settle the terms of your divorce with less stress and conflict, without spending thousands of dollars and months and months of time. For more information about our divorce mediation services, call 952-401-7599.