Marriage is a life-long commitment, but sadly not all marriages make it that far. No matter how much two people love each other at the time they say their vows and their “I do’s,” the reality is that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. While everyone’s divorce starts from their own unique circumstances, there are some underlying factors that tend to be involved on a fairly common basis. On this blog, we’ll discuss three of these factors that often contribute as one of the reasons for a couple pursuing divorce.


Cheating, or extra-marital affairs, are the number-one destroyer of marriages. It may seem baffling for people to imagine cheating on their significant other, but the reasons for doing so aren’t always so obvious or cut-and-dry. In some cases, differences in sexual appetite might be the reason one spouse goes outside the marriage. In others, a lack of intimacy and an insatiable craving for it might drive one spouse away. The difficult part is that most instances of cheating don’t start with malicious intent: they simply escalate until they’re out of control and the damage has been done.


Stress can come from all kinds of sources, but when it comes to a marriage, perhaps nothing puts a strain on your relationship quite like financial trouble. Money can really show people for who they truly are, particularly when they don’t have enough of it. Financial instability leads people to take all sorts of actions; some make sense and are beneficial while others don’t. Unfortunately, a lack of money often drives people to the extremes, leading to arguments, regretful words said, and permanent damage that ultimately ends in a marriage being dissolved due to “irreconcilable differences.”

Unrealistic Expectations

The unfortunate reality of the world we live in is that so many people have unrealistic expectations of what marriage should and will be like. The wedding day and weeks of bliss after may seem like the best decision you’ve ever made, but the reality is that once the honeymoon phase is over, you’ve made a huge commitment, and keeping everything perfect for the rest of your lives is impossible. Unfortunately, if you’ve come to expect your significant other to act and be a certain way permanently, you may find yourself disappointed after just a few short months or even years.

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