Divorce Statistics and Facts

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Divorce Statistics and Facts

Marriage is important in our personal lives, culture, and society. Have you heard the saying or statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce? Statistics can give helpful insight into how and why couples are so likely to divorce nowadays.

The Most Common Reasons for Divorce

  • Infidelity
  • Regular Disagreements and Conflict
  • Getting married too young
  • Financial problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Religious Differences
  • Little or no premarital education

If a person has divorced before, there is a higher probability that he or she will divorce again. Marriage at a young age also has a higher probability of the ending in divorce. Religious differences, financial problems, and relatively low education also all point toward a greater likelihood of couples splitting apart. Second and third marriages have an even higher probability of divorce than first divorces.

Substance abuse can lead to divorce because it can lead to neglecting family responsibilities, such as caring for children, and not being present for important events, such as holidays and birthdays. Substance abuse can also lead to violence within the home, as the spouse who is experiencing addiction may become irritable, aggressive, and even physically abusive towards their partner.

Financial problems are known to create all additional stress, and stress can lead to issues in other areas too. For instance, couples who stress over money are more likely to argue, and that leads to further separation between the parties. Financial issues, in other words, can quickly create a downward spiral which leads to dissolution. Domestic violence, adultery, alcoholism – again, we don’t need to ponder too much to see why these very serious problems could cause divorce.

Colorado is a “no-fault” state when it comes to divorce. This means that a spouse doesn’t have to cite specific reasons for ending the marriage.  However, understanding the reasons that commonly lead to divorce can help facilitate important conversations before or during marriage. Therapy and marriage counseling can be an excellent tool to work through issues or differences before and during marriage.

If you would like to learn more about the divorce process in Colorado, contact our team at the Drake Law Firm today by calling 720-637-2181.

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