3 Most Common Causes of Divorce

According to legal professionals around the country who specialize in divorce, 93% of all divorces occur because of three simple reasons. Now, that is not to say that these issues can be answered with a simple fix. Oftentimes, these can have huge implications for one’s emotional well-being, leaving divorce as a last resort that must be taken. However, sometimes being educated about the bumps in the road that can happen with a marriage can be the first step to preventing them from happening. Here are the top 3 reasons why people get divorced in this country.

1. Incompatibility

Nearly half of all couples getting divorced (43%) said that it was because of general incompatibility, or getting in for the wrong reasons. One of the most common causes of incompatibility is that people got married too early, before having an ample amount of time to really know their other half. Sometimes this rush was just a basic hastiness to get married, while other times it could be due to the woman becoming pregnant, leaving great societal pressure on both of them to tie the knot. It’s important to take your time when you are getting to know someone. Make sure that this is someone who will compliment all the best and worst parts of you, and that you could happily live side-by-side with for years to come.

2. Infidelity

The next most common reason stated for getting a divorce is infidelity, or other sexual issues, at a whopping 28%. Now, this topic is a bit of a blanket statement for a whole array of different issues. While many couples claimed that an extramarital affair was their reason for getting a divorce, is also includes pornographic issues or even just general sexual incompatibility (which will likely lead to an affair). An affair can lead to heavy emotional damage for the party that is being cheated on, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that a marriage has to end in divorce. There are plenty of marriages that survive infidelity, but it should be used as an insight into whether or not there were problems in the marriage before the affair happened.

3. Money issues

The third most common reason for a divorce is issues involving money. There is an old saying that goes around in the world of professionals in this field, “Marriage is all about love. Divorce is all about money.” About 22% of couples getting a divorce stated that financial difficulty brought the marriage to a snapping point. Usually in these cases there is a host of other factors that actually sparked the divorce, but the driving force behind those factors is stress about a couple’s monetary situation. Strangely enough, there are even a small percentage of married couples who get divorced for tax reasons. It is possible to find yourself in situations where being divorced is better than being married for your taxes. Those cases would also be included in this category.