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Top 5 Common Causes of Divorce

No one enters into a marriage expecting to get divorced, and yet the national success rate for marriages rests at just over 50 percent. Many couples find that their relationships start out positively, only to devolve into conflict and unhappiness just a few years later.

So why do so many marriages end up failing? The following are five of the most commonly cited reasons divorcing couples give:

  1. Lack of commitment: When asked what went wrong in their marriages, more than 60 percent of respondents to a National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) survey said that they wished their former partner had tried harder toward their relationship.
  2. Arguing and conflict: All couples fight on occasion, but when arguments do not end in resolutions or mutual understandings, tension from arguments can take a toll on a marriage. Couples who do not try to appreciate each other’s perspectives often find themselves facing divorce.
  3. Infidelity: Not surprisingly, many marriages break up due to affairs on the part of one or both spouses. More than 55 percent of divorced individuals in the NFI survey said that infidelity was why their marriages dissolved.   
  4. Unrealistic expectations: When a couple gets married, one partner may have completely different expectations on how the relationship will function compared to the other. If spouses do not openly communicate, it may cause serious issues within the marriage.
  5. Spousal abuse: Unfortunately, domestic violence continues to be a major issue across New York and the United States.

No matter the reason why you’re seeking a divorce, it’s important to work with a skilled and compassionate family lawyer to help you through the process. For the counsel you need during this time, meet with a Long Island divorce attorney from Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.

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