Every year, thousands of couples throughout the United States decide to divorce. It’s a decision you never want to make, but it could be the best way to bring stability and happiness to your life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the divorce rate in the United States is 2.9 per 1,000 population. In other words, you aren’t the only one going through a rough patch. Furthermore, in 70% of cases, the woman in the marriage is the one who drives the decision.
While no two couples face the same issues in their marriage, there are some common causes of divorce. Consider the following:
- Infidelity: If one person cheats on the other, it has the potential to drive a wedge between them. It doesn’t always result in divorce, but trust issues are sure to rise.
- Money: Financial stress is a major problem, both for individuals and married couples. However, when you’re married, you have to share the financial burden with your spouse. As a result, you may not see eye to eye, which can result in a divorce.
- Children: For example, you want to raise your children in one manner while your spouse has another idea. It’s your hope that you can compromise, but your disagreement soon drives a wedge between you.
- Substance abuse: Drugs and/or alcohol are a top cause of divorce. You don’t want to turn your back on a spouse with an addiction, but they need to help themselves before you can step in and help them.
- Commitment: When you tied the knot, you were committed to your relationship. But as the months turned to years, you came to find that your commitment wasn’t as strong as you thought. If this is the case, you’ll first want to decide if you can fix the problem. If you can’t, divorce may be the best solution.
It’s your hope that you never have to consider divorce, but you never know what could happen in your relationship in the future.
Should you find yourself in this position, think long and hard about your next steps. If you realize that divorce is the best way to a better future, share your thoughts with your spouse, learn more about the process and then take steps to protect your legal rights.