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The Leading Causes of Divorce

Marriages can end for a wide range of reasons. But which are the most common?

Here’s a look at some of the leading causes of divorce in the United States.

  • Poor communication: Approximately half of divorces will feature attributions of poor communication as a primary cause of separation. This may include frequent fighting or simply not being able to communicate about important issues. Couple’s therapy can be beneficial for couples with communication barriers.
  • Adultery: Cheating is another common reason for divorce. While some couples may be able to work through the issue, in many cases is a deal breaker that results in the end of a marriage.
  • Financial stress: A significant portion of couples cite financial disagreements and stress as a primary reason for divorce. If one spouse tends to keep financial secrets, or makes large or frequent purchases without telling the other, this can be a source of stress in a relationship that leads to divorce.
  • Incompatibility: In many divorces, simple incompatibility is a cause of the split. This can include factors such as different religions or values, having married too young, being sexually incompatible or having personalities that do not mesh well.
  • Family stress: The responsibilities of a family life and arguments over those responsibilities can result in divorce. Examples of these issues could include child care responsibilities, arguments over how to raise children and various other family or household obligations.
  • Substance abuse: People who have significant problems with substance abuse (drugs or alcohol) are more likely to have their marriage end in divorce than people who do not have substance problems.

If you have made the decision to move forward with a divorce, contact an experienced Minnesota divorce attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. to discuss your case and your next steps.

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