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Many divorce cases happen for a relatively small list of reasons

Texans who are experiencing marital trouble and considering divorce might be under the impression that their challenges are unique. In many instances, they are. Still, researchers and experts in divorce see a relatively small number of reasons for which couples decide that they have reached the end of a marriage. Those who are thinking about whether they want to salvage their relationship or should move forward with a divorce should understand the common justifications.

There are certain common denominators in many divorces. A lack of communication is cited in many divorces. If people are no longer on the same wavelength and cannot discuss or negotiate simple and complex issues, the marriage may no longer be salvageable. Sometimes people are simply no longer in love the way they once were. The absence of intimate feelings and becoming interested in different things can doom a marriage.

For some, they cannot fulfill one another’s needs and are unable to understand what the other wants. This could be due to different interests, a change in priorities, empty nest syndrome or disconnection. Getting married too soon after a relationship has started or when too young can lead to people eventually concluding that they are unsuitable for one another. Obviously, addiction and abuse are two issues that are sure to damage any marriage. If a person is addicted to drugs, alcohol or other vices, maintaining a relationship is secondary. Failing to seek professional help inevitably sparks a divorce. With abuse, the only alternative could be ending the marriage.

Infidelity sabotages the trust in a relationship. If a spouse has had an affair, it can be difficult to get beyond. Being attentive and empathetic is a vital part of any relationship. Once that has faltered, the marriage may not survive. Finances might not be categorized as a foundational part of a personal relationship, but if people have been together and cannot make ends meet or one spouse is reckless in accruing debt, the marriage might falter. Finally, extended relationships require sacrifice and, at some point, one or both spouses could want to follow their own path rather than staying the course.

Regardless of the reason or reasons a couple has decided to part ways, there are factors in every divorce that should be considered and addressed. That includes property division, spousal maintenance, child custody, visitation rights and more. Of course, trying to save the marriage is a preferable option. If that fails, a consultation with a legal professional experienced in divorce may provide guidance and advice on how to move forward.