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What are the most common reasons for couples to divorce?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2023 | Divorce

Many people think that Indiana couples who are considering divorcing commonly split because of money issues. Although financial problems are on the list of reasons why marriages fail, it is not the primary one, apparently.

Career choices as the main reason for splitting up

A recent Forbes Advisor survey indicated that the top reason for divorce involved disagreement over career choices. Other top reasons included:

  • Parenting differences
  • Disagreements over household chores
  • Family relationships
  • Friends
  • Finances
  • Health choices

Nearly half, at 46%, cited differing career choices, while parenting choices came in at 43%. Division of household chores has previously figured into surveys, as women who had children reported having less sexual desire if they bore the brunt of housework.

Another significant statistic involved 63% of respondents indicating they wished they knew how much commitment it would take to stay in a marriage before tying the knot. More than half also wished they had better understood their spouse’s values and morals prior to their marriage, indicating that if they knew their partner better, they might still be together.

These statistics point to the tendency for American couples to pursue a no-fault divorce, which allows couples to file without listing any wrongdoing on the part of either spouse.

Should I try to save my marriage?

Many couples try to save their marriage through professional counseling or other means, especially if they have children. Although counseling can help some couples resolve common differences, for others, the conflicts are just too deep. If this sounds like your situation, you may want to try alternative divorce methods, such as mediation. Staying out of court can make the process shorter and less expensive, allowing you to get on sooner with your new life.

Collaborative divorce can also help take the stress out of the process and can benefit everyone involved, including children. The goal of such alternatives is to help estranged couples understand what solutions are best for the family as a whole instead of focusing on what each spouse should get.