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Studies reveal factors that often lead to divorce

The decision to divorce can be the result of an epiphany or a months-long deliberation process. Whether it is one or the other for a couple in Michigan may depend on the reason behind the split. According to Huffington Post, one overarching theme when addressing the main reasons couples divorce is the inability to communicate effectively. This could be in regard to money, unmet expectations or other common sources of conflict.

Psychology Today notes that studies show people are more likely to blame their spouses than themselves for the damage that leads to the end of the relationship. Although marriages often end because of complicated issues such as poverty, misbehavior, mental health problems or incompatible characteristics of the spouses, partners most often point at each other and list an event or theme rather than delving into the complexities.

Infidelity, conflict, substance abuse, a lack of commitment, and physical, emotional or verbal abuse are typically among the big-ticket reasons for divorce. Those who chose a single factor as the tipping point rather than the overall cause for their decision most often named cheating, violence, and alcohol or drug problems.

In explaining why their marriages failed, many people claimed that they were too young when they married, and among this group, incompatibility was often the reason they filed for divorce. Some people also claimed that no one prepared them to deal with the realities of marriage. Women were most likely to end the marriage, and to report abuse, infidelity or other bad behaviors as the cause.

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