If you get divorced, odds are you’ll be able to name a number of factors that led to it, many of which are unique to your situation. Every relationship that ends has its own elements to consider.
However, if you’re not quite there yet, you may be wondering why divorce happens and what you should watch out for so that you can begin preparing for it in advance. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the main reasons for divorce in the United States.
The biggest indicators that a divorce is likely
It is possible to order the reasons for divorce by how common they are, but these details change from year to year, so lets look at what causes for divorce generally reach the top of the list:
- The couple has religious differences. These may have existed before the marriage or may have only become an issue afterward.
- The couple lacks education or has a big disparity in their educational levels.
- The couple got married at a very young age. The average age of marriage keeps increasing.
- The families of one or both people do not support them.
- The couple has a lot of financial problems or disagrees on how they should use their money.
- There are serious health complications, often that come up after the marriage.
- One person — or both — struggles with substance abuse.
- There is just too much conflict in the marriage and the couple often argues.
- One or both people are unfaithful to the marriage, engaging in an affair outside of it.
If you have seen any of these things in your own marriage and divorce is likely, you need to know what legal steps to take to protect your future. While divorce is never pleasant, good preparations can make the process easier.