We've all heard of "irreconcilable differences" as a common, somewhat vague reason for divorce. But that's not the only reason a couple might choose to end their marriage. There are several equally common, more descriptive reasons to get a divorce these days. Some are newer problems that you might not have considered, but they indeed have the power to break up marriages. Here are some increasingly common reasons for divorce that you might not have heard about. Although the reasons for divorce is not relevant in court, many people have comfort in knowing that they are not the only ones. We have been handling divorce cases for years and here are some of the things that we have found.
1. Peer Pressure
That's right. Adults are not necessarily safe from peer pressure. When most of the couples you know are getting divorced, you may be more likely to consider divorce for yourself. After all, when your friends are all complaining about the negative traits their spouses' have, you might put more focus on your own spouse's bothersome traits. And when you're suddenly hanging out with single people rather than couples, you might decide you'd rather be free of your marriage, too.
2. Long Drive to Work
Studies show that if your commute takes more than 45 minutes, you're more likely than average to get divorced. Why? That commute is time you're not spending with your spouse, and that time apart can hurt any marriage. In addition, commutes are often stressful. If you arrive home in a bad mood after not seeing your spouse all day, what little time you have together won't be very pleasant. The good news is that studies have also shown that couples who are still together after five years of long commutes don't have a higher-than-average chance of divorce. So if you can either shorten your commute or figure out a way to make it work for at least five years, you have a chance of saving your marriage.
3. Differences in Political Opinion
Politics have been a big topic of discussion in recent years, and many people get passionate about political issues. While some people can agree to disagree when they have different opinions -- or just don't talk about politics at all -- others can't accept that the person they married thinks a certain way. If politics have been causing tension between you and your spouse, but everything else about your marriage is fine, you may want to avoid talking about political issues for now. If you can't, then at least make sure you're open to understanding your spouse's viewpoint, not simply set on making insults and accusations.
4. Addiction to Technology
We all use technology in some way, but some people have difficulty turning it off, and this can lead to divorce. For example, if you play video games frequently, make sure you're not ignoring your spouse to do it. It's easy to get addicted to games and not even know it, so if your spouse frequently complains that you're playing games again instead of helping with the housework or spending quality time together, take that observation seriously. The same goes for social media, which can also be addictive. Studies have shown that people who use social media a lot are more likely to have poor-quality marriages.
5. Sudden Rise to Fame
You've probably noticed a pattern when it comes to celebrity marriages. They usually end within a few years! One of the reasons is fame. It can be hard on a marriage when one spouse is suddenly well known and loved by all, whether it's because he or she is an actor, writer or inventor. Granted, fame is not a problem the average couple faces. But any time one spouse becomes busier and more in-demand than the other, it's important to continue to make time for each other to avoid divorce.
If your marriage has been affected by one of these issues, it's time to contact a divorce lawyer. Come to the Law Offices of H. William Edgar today to find out how to begin the divorce process.
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