Divorce rates have been on the rise, especially among millennials. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as of 2016, 3 in 10 marriages end in divorce within 15 years of marriage, with those marrying after age 25 being more likely to divorce than those marrying at a younger age.
Divorce is the termination of a marriage by the death of one party, or by an order of a court, which dissolves the marriage and terminates all legal rights and obligations between the two parties under the law, as well as any religious sanction. Divorce is not always possible because some countries do not allow it. In those cases, annulment may be pursued instead, which would terminate a marriage but not all its consequences.
Causes of Divorce
Divorce can happen due to many reasons, but the most common reasons are infidelity, financial problems, and parenting issues.
Financial problems are one of the leading causes of divorce. When one person starts to earn significantly more than the other, it can lead to feelings of resentment and in turn a divorce. Another big source of financial problems is a lack in communication about finances in a marriage. This leads to one spouse feeling they have been taken advantage of financially and this is also a leading cause for divorce. A third reason for divorce is when couples have very different attitudes towards money management. For example, one may be very laid back while the other may be more frugal with their spending habits.
How to Prevent Divorce
Marriage is a sacred bond of love and trust. So, when it falls apart, the only people you can count on to support you are your family and friends. You need to know how to prevent divorce or find ways to fix marriage if it is already in trouble.
The top three things that you can do for your marriage are:
- Figure out what’s bothering each of you and why this is happening so you can figure out a solution together.
- Find new ways for both of you to spend more private time together and talk about your feelings more often.
- Spend more time around other couples that have been happily married for many years so that they might be able to give advice on how they managed their relationship successfully.