Here are the Top 6 Reasons People File for Divorce These Days

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Divorce trends in the U.S. have evolved over the past few decades, as we have noted in a previous blog. However, while less people may be filing for divorcethese days than, say, about 30 to 40 years ago, some of the top reasons people end up filing for divorce may not have changed that much over the past few generations.

Below is a list of the most common reasons married couples in the U.S. pursue divorce.

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Most Common Reasons Marriages end in Divorce
  1. Financial problems – Money issues and debt are among the leading causes of divorce in the U.S., as financial problems tend to increase tension, stress and arguing among couples. When debt issues are especially acute, they can compromise marriages and maybe even result in couples losing precious assets (like their homes) before divorce even enters the picture.
  2. Communication issues – A lack of communication can breed misunderstanding and resentment, often laying the foundation for divorce.
  3. Trust issues – These issues can arise with or without infidelity, causing one partner to feel less than secure and comfortable in a marriage. When trust issues run really deep, they can choke the life out of a marriage.
  4. Unfulfilled expectations or needs – In many cases, people enter a marriage with certain expectations, hoping that certain needs that they have will be fulfilled. When this is not the case (maybe because, for instance, the needs or expectations were not communicated or the needs change overtime), again, it’s far more likely that marriages will not stay intact.
  5. Religious or cultural differences – These differences can be attractive at the start of a romantic relationship, but they may end up creating troublesome divides when it’s time to set up a household, have/raise children, etc.
  6. Domestic violence or abuse – Tragically, domestic violence is a factor in about 29 percent of all U.S. divorce cases. When any type of abuse threatens someone’s safety, doing what it takes to protect oneself – including divorcing an abuser – is crucial.

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Scottsdale Divorce Attorney at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau

When you are ready to file for divorce in Arizona, you can rely on Scottsdale Divorce Attorney Karen Schoenau for honest answers, effective representation and the best possible outcomes to your case. Since 1987, Karen Schoenau has been committed to helping people resolve their important family law matters, including complex cases related to divorce, custody, paternity and other issues.

To receive professional advice and learn more about how we can help you, schedule an initial consultation with Attorney Karen Schoenau. You can set up this meeting by calling 480-209-1918 or by emailing us using the drop-down contact form at the top of this page.

From her offices based on Scottsdale, Attorney Karen Schoenau represents clients throughout the metropolitan Scottsdale area, including in Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, Maricopa County, Pinal County, Gila County and throughout the state of Arizona.

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