5 Common Reasons Marriages Fail2023-12-13T10:50:50+00:00

According to the American Psychological Association, healthy marriages are good for the psychological and physical well-being of married couples. Healthy marriages also lead to healthy children, protecting them from mental, social, physical, and educational problems. Unfortunately, 40-50% of U.S. marriages end in divorce. Why? In this post, we’ll discuss some of the common reasons why marriages fail.

1. Infidelity
Trust is the foundation of any marriage, and when one partner cheats, that foundation can crumble. Infidelity can also include emotional cheating in today’s connected, social media-driven society.

2. Money Problems
While money doesn’t always lead directly to divorce, living in poverty, losing a job, or facing other financial stressors can lead to fighting and conflict in a marriage that can undermine a relationship.

3. Addiction
Addictions ranging from alcohol or drugs to gambling can destroy a marriage. No matter how much a couple loves one another, an addiction can become one partner’s priority. If it’s compounded by job loss, money problems, or arrests, the problems can become insurmountable.

4. Tragedies
Sometimes unexpected and tragic circumstances can end a marriage. For example, many marriages can’t survive the death of a child. While a healthy marriage may withstand a trauma, the stress and pain of loss can be a strain on any relationship.

5. Incompatibility
When people have different values, goals, and priorities, long-term relationships can be difficult. It can be a good idea to discuss plans for starting a family, where you want to live, financial goals, and religion long before you walk down the aisle. But if things change as you grow, sometimes differences can be hard to overcome.

While things like infidelity, addiction, and long-term goals can seem like obvious points for marital discord, marriage-ending issues aren’t always quite so straightforward. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, the top reasons people divorce related to a lack of love, intimacy, or trust; communication problems; and growing apart.

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