Why Do People File for Divorce? Here's 5 Common Reasons

In today’s culture, there is really only one common reason people decide to get married: falling into what promises to be everlasting love. However, when it comes to ending a marriage through divorce, the reasons for doing so are more varied. If you are curious whether or not your own reasons for wanting a divorce are typical, we have compiled a list of some of the most common grievances and grounds cited around the country.

Five of the most common reasons people file for divorce are:

  1. Lack of commitment: There is nothing more commonly corrosive to the health of a marriage than a general or perceived lack of commitment. It should not come as a surprise that this is the top reason in most states for why people want a divorce, as it is arguably the number one reason any relationship fails, whether it be romantic, friendly, or professional. If one or both spouses aren’t trying to advance and maintain a happy marriage, it won’t last.
  2. Arguments: Every married couple will have disagreements from time to time, but the spouses that frequently argue might be in trouble. Not having the ability to keep a level head when entering into a debate can be a detriment to a marriage, especially if arguments are many and not far between.
  3. Infidelity: It is thought that infidelity, either proven or intensely suspected, is behind about half of all divorces in America. Despite an overshadowing belief that the young are restless in marriage, there is no strong correlation between age and proclivity to cheating; a spouse in his or her gray years could be just as likely to wander.
  4. One-sidedness: No one likes to carry a full burden when they know someone should be there with them to lighten the load. A spouse that perceives a lack of equality in the marriage, such as being the only source of income or being the only one who spends ample time with the kids, will likely look for a way out sooner than later.
  5. Abuse: Some sort of spousal abuse is unfortunately a common cause for divorce. Most incidents do not involve physical violence, but instead include emotional and mental abuse, like constant belittlement or angry shouting during arguments. If you are in a relationship and believe you are in immediate danger of physical abuse, please seek the help of the authorities as soon as it is safe. Please do not jeopardize your health for any reason.

Getting Help When Filing for Divorce

The first step in a divorce is often the most difficult. Reservations, timidity, hesitation, and more are all natural and understandable. But if you feel that a divorce really is necessary to bring happiness into your life again, it is not something you should completely avoid.

Talk to Singleton Smith Law Offices and our Murrieta family law attorneys by calling (951) 779-1610 if you are looking for some legal guidance. We are committed to bringing people compassionate and knowledgeable representation for divorces, beginning to end. At no point will you feel as if you are alone or rushed. In case divorce is not entirely appealing to you, we can explore the option of legal separation instead.

Contact us today to learn more about your options and our services.

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