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What Are the Top Three Reasons for a Divorce?

Relationships are complicated and there is never a one size fits all reason for a marriage failing. Clients have come to us with a whole spectrum of reasons as to why a divorce is necessary, ranging from the slightly humorous to tragically sad. As divorce attorneys, we do see a common theme as to how or why a marriage may end in divorce. These reasons include financial concerns, infidelity, and an overall lack of communication.

1.  Finances

Talking about money is uncomfortable for a lot of people. Managing money is easier for some people than it is for others. Financial insecurity is a huge stressor for a lot of American couples. One or a combination of those things can cause marital discord that ends in divorce. Whether impoverished or wealthy, money can be a hot button issue for couples. How money is spent, how money is earned, handling of debts, budgeting concerns, transparency in spending, etc are all financial concerns that spouses really need to be on the same page for a marriage to be successful.

Full financial transparency and equal responsibility for money management is the gold standard for a strong financial foundation in a marriage. If there are cracks in that foundation, other areas of weakness will also be exposed.

2.  Infidelity

Monogamy can be difficult for some people. But once you say “I Do” in front of a room of your family and friends, there is a moral and legal expectation that a spouse will be faithful for better or for worse. Divorce is an emotional and arduous process, so if a couple can overcome an episode of infidelity, more power to them as that often takes a lot of work on the part of both spouses. But often we see a client in our office detailing their spouse’s infidelity and once that trust is broken, it is irrevocably broken.

Texas is a no-fault state but an Original Petition for Divorce can be filed citing adultery so we recommend that all potential clients end the marriage prior to stepping outside it.

3.  Lack of Communication

Marriage, being a long-term commitment, takes work. The toughest part of any marriage can be keeping the lines of communication open at all times. This could be regarding silly things like how one takes out the trash or can be regarding heavy subjects like a couple’s sex life or relations with the in-laws. Raising children, dealing with multiple sides of a family, job stress, financial stress, keeping the intimacy alive – it is a house of cards of marital issues. Failure to communicate with a partner about concerns, needs, desires can cause that house to come crumbling down.

There are a multitude of reasons not addressed in this article for a marriage’s failure. Everyone has their own personal issues and hot-button topics. Ideally a married couple has the ability and commitment to put in the work to fix any issues. If your marital woes cannot be overcome and divorce is inevitable, contact the experienced legal team at the Ramos Law Group, PLLC. Our team has seen all sorts of reasons for divorce and can advocate for you no matter your circumstances. Call us today at (713) 225-6200.

Last Updated on November 24, 2021 by Mary E. Ramos

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Mary E. Ramos

Mary E. Ramos is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is recognized and respected throughout the Houston legal community for dedication in effectively representing clients’ rights and interests. Mary understands the emotional side of divorce and brings a special compassion to each and every case.

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