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Major reasons people choose to divorce

There are a number of issues that may lead couples in Washington to decide to end their marriage. Whether those incompatibilities were evident from the beginning of the relationship or a breach of trust shattered the relationship, a significant number of people choose to divorce even after years of marriage. While every situation is unique, there are some contributing factors that are more common than others. One study looked at people who had participated in a premarital communication program, interviewing those who had divorced 14 years after the initial program.

Many people gave multiple reasons when asked why they had chosen to divorce as more than one reason contributed to their decision. Several answers stood out as they were cited repeatedly by respondents. For example, a full 75 percent said that a lack of commitment was a factor in their divorce. In some cases, people fell out of love and could not find a happy way to preserve the marriage. In many cases, other issues led to that feeling of a lack of commitment. For example, nearly 60 percent said that an extramarital affair contributed to their divorces.

Over 57 percent of the respondents said that excessive arguing and conflict contributed to the end of their marriages. These couples often used harsh words or insults during fights and lost attraction and love toward each other as a result.

When people decide to divorce, it is often a recognition that attempts to preserve the relationship have failed. Divorce can be accompanied by a number of complex legal and financial issues. By working with a family law attorney, a divorcing spouse may be able to exit an unhealthy relationship and achieve a fair settlement on key issues like property division and spousal support.

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