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Causes of divorce are those factors that impel an individual or couple to decide to permanently dissolve a marital union. In most cases, the causes of divorce are complex and are specific to a couple's relationship, their troubles, and their own life experiences. In 2002 the most oft-sited causes of divorce were listed on divorce papers as “irreconcilable differences,” “irretrievable breakdown,” or “incompatibility”~ all of which are considered “no-fault” reasons for divorce recognized in many states.

When divorce is granted on specific legal grounds, there are a number of causes of divorce which are legally recognized in different states. The causes of divorce that are considered viable grounds for the dissolution of marriage in some states may include: cruelty, abandonment, adultery, , incurable insanity, drug or alcohol addiction, felony conviction or incarceration, an established period of separation, and similar causes of divorce.

Because the majority of divorces are granted on a no-fault basis, it is difficult to easily evaluate the major causes of divorce. The causes of divorce are often complex, as several factors can lead a person or couple to be dissatisfied with a marriage. Commonly cited causes for divorce can include any combination of the following factors: quality of premarital relationship, partner's relationship styles, poor communication, lack of commitment, infidelity, problem behaviors, financial problems, differences in parenting styles, changes in life priorities, and abusive or neglectful behaviors.

There are a number of specific factors which can influence the causes of divorce in a couple's relationship. The quality of a couple's premarital relationship can be a good indicator of later causes of divorce. Many problems that develop before marriage don't disappear and often lead to the causes of divorce down the road. Statistics also show that couples who cohabitate before marriage also have a higher chance of divorce. The causes of divorce in these cases may involve a couple's more relaxed approach to marriage after cohabitation or pressure to marry after cohabitation.

A spouse's family of origin can also factor into the causes of divorce. People whose parents are divorced are twice as likely to divorce their own spouses as those whose parents are still together. Experts postulate that this can lead to the causes of divorce because these individuals have seen an example of marriage which ultimately ended in divorce.

When the causes of divorce lead two partners to have considerable problems resolving the terms of divorce (such as division of assets and liabilities, child custody and support, alimony, etc) the help of a legal professional can be extremely valuable. A legal expert who has training and experience representing people in divorce cases can protect and maximize your legal interests. If you would like to learn more about the causes of divorce and your legal rights and options, please contact us to speak with an experienced and reputable attorney in your area.


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