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Reviewing common reasons for divorce

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2024 | Family Law

Divorce can be a challenging and emotionally difficult process for any couple to go through. While each relationship is unique, there are hardships that arise in many marriages.

Those facing divorce should remember that they are not alone. Many couples end their marriage, and there are common reasons that often contribute to the breakdown of a marriage.

Communication problems

Effective communication is the foundation of a healthy relationship. When communication falters, misunderstandings and resentment can grow, leading to marital dissatisfaction. Miscommunication may result from a lack of active listening, bottling up emotions or failing to express one’s needs and concerns. Over time, this breakdown in communication can erode the trust and emotional connection between partners, ultimately leading to divorce.


Infidelity is another leading cause of divorce. When one partner engages in a romantic or sexual relationship outside of the marriage, it often destroys the trust and intimacy that once existed in the relationship. Recovering from infidelity is challenging, and many couples find it difficult to rebuild trust and move forward. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 2.5 out of every 1,000 people got a divorce in 2021.

Financial issues and incompatibility

Financial problems can put a significant strain on a marriage. Disagreements over spending habits, debt or financial goals can create tension and conflict. Financial stress can lead to a breakdown in communication and trust, and if left unresolved, it can ultimately lead to divorce. Open and honest conversations about financial matters, budgeting and shared financial goals are necessary in avoiding this common pitfall. Sometimes couples realize that they are simply not compatible in the long run. Over time, differences in values, interests or life goals become more apparent, making it difficult for the relationship to thrive.

While divorce is a deeply personal and complex decision, understanding the common reasons behind marital breakdown can provide valuable insight. Each relationship is unique, and people should approach divorce with empathy, understanding and a commitment to personal growth.