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Friday, February 28, 2014

Top 5 Most Common Reasons for Divorce

Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us, many people are looking forward to the renewed energy and new beginnings commonly associated with warmer weather.  For many, this spring may also mark the life transitions associated with a divorce or separation.  

If you are considering a divorce, you’re not alone.  Up to 50% of first marriages in the United States end in divorce, and the divorce rate for successive marriages is even higher.

What’s the story behind these stats?  According to a national survey, the most common reasons given for divorce are:

  1. Lack of commitment:  This was by far the number one reason that survey participants cited for their divorce.  A lack of commitment includes a loss of interest, effort, empathy, communication, energy and emotional support needed to make a relationship work.  An overall lack of commitment can also lead to more tangible reasons for divorce, such as infidelity.  

  2. Too much arguing:  Arguing is taxing on any relationship, and indicates the inability to find common ground on important topics.

  3. Marrying too young:  Couples that marry and have children while in their late teens and early twenties are at the highest risk for divorce. 

  4. Unrealistic expectations/Lack of preparation for marriage: The reality of day-to-day life in a marriage is a disappointment to many couples.  However, research shows that living together before marriage is not the antidote.  Couples that cohabitated together before marriage still show a higher divorce rate compared to couples that moved in together after the wedding.

  5. Abuse: This can take many forms in a marriage, including physical, financial and emotional abuse.  Nearly three out of four of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.

If you are considering a divorce, it’s been my experience that preparation is key.  A good plan will help ease the fear and uncertainty commonly associated with this major life transition.  I advise that you work with an experienced divorce attorney who can help develop a roadmap specifically designed to successfully navigate through your situation.  

For more information on this topic, email Megan Pearson at mpearson@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-957-3937.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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