Leading divorce causes identified

When couples decide to end their marriage, an important part of the process often involves recognizing the factors that contributed to their marital problems. After all, having an honest and objective understanding of one’s relationship issues can help promote open communication and effective divorce mediation. It can also be helpful for Utah residents facing the prospect of divorce to understand that they are not alone and that countless other couples are facing similar problems as well.

One psychologist and marriage counselor recently discussed some of the major life events that are known to contribute to divorce. All of the events described involved significant shifts in couples’ routines, lifestyles and/or marital roles, and placed increased stress on one or both partners. For instance, childbirth is linked to a considerable number of divorces across the country. Marital satisfaction is estimated to decrease within the first three years of a child being born in almost 70 percent of cases.

For better or worse, a job change is another life event that can have a major impact on marital satisfaction. Getting a new job can place a strain on a marriage when the spouse begins to prioritize his or her work over the relationship. Losing a job can also result in a tremendous amount of stress and resentment, as married couples deal with financial hardships and other issues.

Other serious marital problems can arise out of illness. Not only may the spouse with medical problems encounter difficulties meeting his or her usual obligations and expectations within the relationship, but the other spouse may be pressured to take on more responsibilities.

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