What are popular reasons to divorce?

Most people who marry probably believe that they will stay that way. However, divorce is not an uncommon outcome of many unions. Some relationships last a lifetime, but many others do not.

The reasons for divorce are as varied as the people who have them. You might think that one of the most common reasons has to do with money. While that is certainly an issue that impacts many couples, a recent study found some other surprising possibilities. Many people report that they divorce due to emotional issues, generally when there is a difference in emotional response between the two partners. If you're considering divorce here in Virginia, this information may be helpful as you work to understand your situation.

A lack of certain qualities or emotions

The survey showed that a lack of intimacy is the most common reason for divorce. Respondents cited this problem 47% of the time. Some people said that their spouse was the one with absent feelings, and others reported themselves as the one not in love.

In other instances, many respondents said that there were specific and important components missing in the relationship. Some reported a lack of trust. Others said a lack of respect, and still others said a lack of sympathy. Being unable to trust their spouse was a frequent response, whether the spouse had specifically tried to repair that component or not. When it comes to respect, some researchers suggest that it could be more important for a relationship to have respect than even love.

Difficulty communicating

Many survey respondents said that they could blame their divorce on poor communication. Forty-four percent reported it as one of the main drivers for their separation. Not being able to talk can erode a relationship as the years pass, and it can be difficult to correct even when a person realizes there is a problem.

Another issue with communication that many survey respondents pointed to was growing apart from their spouse. As time goes on, people change, and if there isn't a strong foundation of communication, it can wreak havoc on a marriage. People realize that their personal beliefs and goals have changed and not only do they not line up with their partners', but they are unable to coexist.

The study conditions and conclusions

The survey looked at answers from more than 2,300 people. They were all recently divorced and heterosexual. The average age of respondents was 45. After analyzing the data, researchers said it shows that the purpose of marriage isn't the same as it used to be. Emotional compatibility is important for many people in a relationship.

Whatever the reason a couple decides to call it quits, it can be a difficult time for everyone involved. If you're considering divorce, know that you have nothing to be ashamed of and that it is something you can get through. The guidance of a professional may be helpful as you enter this new phase of your life.

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