Within the first five years of marriage, statistics suggest that 22 percent of couples separate, get divorced or one party dies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that that this marital disruption increases to 53 percent for couples who have been married for 20 years. In California and elsewhere, the ability of a couple to compromise and relate to each other goes a long ways in determining whether the marriage will end in divorce.
Experts say couples that show understanding, trust, and empathy toward one another can endure almost anything. The opposite is true of couples that treat each other poorly. The prognosis for a long and healthy marriage will not be positive. Studies show that a successful marriage is one that is steeped in respect and kindness for one another.
One of the key players in divorce today is infidelity. In today’s connected world, an affair is not just physical, but emotional. With social media, it is easier to resurrect old relationships. Another reason for a marriage to end is addiction–and not just to drugs or alcohol. Addictions to work and even sex have also resulted in divorce.
Contributing factors may also be incompatibility or irreconcilable differences. Factors such as religion, including what faith to raise the children, can also play a major role. One side may feel there are too many differences to continue on. Either way, all of these stressors can cause permanent damage to a marriage.
When a marriage has too many problems to work out, divorce may be the only practical answer. In California, seeking sound advice from an informed attorney on the legal aspects of divorce may help him or her move forward. A lawyer who is experienced in family law proceedings can guide one through this difficult process.
Source: today.com, “Why couples get divorced“, Bela Gandhi, Oct. 25, 2017