10 Reasons People Consider a Divorce

In our experience working on divorce law cases in Bergen County, New Jersey, here are 10 reasons below that we find that people often consider divorce.

  1. Infidelity: One of the most prevalent reasons for divorce, infidelity can cause irreparable damage to trust and intimacy in a marriage.
  2. Communication Breakdown: Lack of effective communication often leads to misunderstandings, unresolved conflicts, and feelings of disconnect between spouses.
  3. Financial Issues: Disagreements over finances, such as debt, spending habits, or financial goals, can strain a marriage and contribute to divorce.
  4. Substance Abuse: Substance abuse issues, whether it involves alcohol, drugs, or other addictive behaviors, can create significant strain on a marriage and lead to divorce.
  5. Domestic Violence: Physical, emotional, or psychological abuse within a marriage can create an unsafe environment and prompt one spouse to seek a divorce for their safety and well-being.
  6. Irreconcilable Differences: Over time, couples may find that they have grown apart or have fundamental differences in values, goals, or lifestyles that make it difficult to maintain a healthy relationship.
  7. Parenting Conflicts: Disagreements over parenting styles, discipline, or major decisions regarding children can escalate into irreconcilable conflicts and contribute to divorce.
  8. Lack of Intimacy: A lack of physical or emotional intimacy can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction and loneliness within a marriage, prompting one or both spouses to consider divorce.
  9. Health Issues: Serious health issues or chronic illnesses affecting one or both spouses can place significant strain on a marriage and sometimes lead to divorce if the challenges become overwhelming.
  10. Unresolved Issues from the Past: Past traumas, unresolved conflicts, or unaddressed issues such as jealousy, resentment, or betrayal can resurface and negatively impact a marriage, potentially leading to divorce.


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